For more than 50 years, AMAC has done one thing very well: make simple plastic boxes that have earned a place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and on many a designer's desk.
Now it is transferring the look to furniture with the Slot Table by Eric Pfeiffer ($275), a San Francisco-based industrial designer known for multifunctional objects.
The acrylic table can be used vertically or horizontally. "It floats in a space because it is transparent," said Steve Catechi, an AMAC executive and a grandson of the founder, Gene Hurwitt. "But it has presence because of the color and the varying depths. It's a beautiful little piece." The color, which he called "smoky green" but this reporter felt was more smoky gray/purple, is the only one; others will arrive in 2013. Information: (800) 852-7158, amac1960.com.garden
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.