We recently stumbled across two pieces of furniture both named the Compass Table, very different from each other, but both very lust-worthy.
The first Compass Table comes from Ballard Designs, a furniture retailer based in the American South. The functional compass features an etched metal face and is capped with glass, while the hardwood legs (your choice of walnut or "aged driftwood oak") are height-adjustable. Solid brass fittings round it all out. Admittedly there's no real reason you need to know which way true north is while you're downing a highball after work, so sue me for liking the thing.
The second Compass Table, or Compasso Tavolo we should say, is by Italian manufacturer L'Ottocento. While also height-adjustable, this glass-topped ashwood dining table features a more visually interesting mechanism than Ballard's offering.
What I can't figure out is how the darn thing works; my instinct would be to get down on all fours and crank that large gear in the middle by hand, to drive the threaded wooden rods and bring the legs closer together or further apart.
The product copy, however, indicates "The adjustment of the height is possible by manually turning the two locks at the articulations of the legs."
Is there some type of registering piece missing in that photo above, or am I being thick? A little help, designers?