Designer Leon Ransmeier established his own New York-based studio, Ransmeier Inc., in 2010, and his work has since been featured by the likes of MoMA and Cooper Hewitt. To Ransmeier, fulfilling design is all about breaking down a single challenge into a series of smaller tasks that can be considered and enjoyed at length. “If one cannot enjoy the details,” he reasons, “one will never find satisfaction in the whole.” Inspired by efficient aeronautical forms, he set out to eliminate the superfluous when creating his AGL Table Group (2012). AGL – an apropos abbreviation of “above ground level” – is a lightweight yet strong piece that serves equally well in a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Designed to be warm and welcoming, it features a sleek top with a rich finish and carefully beveled edge that’s naturally conducive to resting one’s arms. “There’s something very inviting and very hospitable about the softness of the table’s edge,” says Ransmeier. “The edge shape,” he further explains, “is about making people comfortable, physically and socially.” Made in U.S.A.