The relative simplicity and economy of Gargantua's design are a direct result of technical, physical and budget limitations that Dirk Wynants had to consider while starting up his business in 1994. He could only afford to have one model, one colour, one type and one size. It is said that scarcity leads to creativity, and the most difficult circumstances to the best solutions. In the case of Gargantua, this is undoubtedly true.
The designer focused wholly on multifunctionality and flexibility. The concept has been considered from every possible perspective. For outdoor furniture, the choice of material is clearly not based on aesthetic considerations alone. Even more the materials used in Gargantua are also geared to a whole range of rational aspects of use, comfort, maintenance, economy and durability. For example, the central piece of the round table consists of a square sheet of perforated stainless steel. This allows for drainage and for dirt to be rinsed away. The underlying idea here is to avoid an intensive clean-up if the sun suddenly emerges and draws us outside. Large pieces of wood have been used for the table’s edges. Here, touch plays an important role. Wood is warmer to the touch than metal and is therefore a more agreeable material for those areas with which your body comes into contact.
Much thought was also given to the value of the materials. To minimise waste, the dimensions of the table adhered to standard board sizes. In production, surplus wood was also limited by using small pieces of wood for the benches. The legs and base are made of galvanised steel. Sturdiness and durability have priority over aesthetics. Another practical, economical and environmentally-friendly feature of the Gargantua table is that it is easy to dismantle and transport in a limited volume. This would prove to be a consistent feature of the whole Extremis collection.