In New York, a Magazine Editor Who’s Also a Furniture Maker

This year, Emmanuel Olunkwa was named the editor of Pin-Up — and debuted his own playful yet minimalist designs.

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An Artist Couple Who Live Among the Furniture They Create Together

Though they maintain separate practices, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson regularly collaborate on hand-hewn pieces that are subtly autobiographical.

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For a New Generation of Woodworkers, Form Follows Function

In response to the colorful, zanier side of modern furniture, some American craftspeople are returning to elemental, straightforward and handmade pieces.

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How to Style a Table for a Laid-Back Summer Meal

A trio of consummate hosts — a curator, a chef and a florist — share their tips about lighting, dinnerware, decoration and more.

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Google’s AirTable rival, Tables, graduates from beta test to become a Google Cloud product

Last fall, Google’s in-house incubator Area 120 introduced a new work-tracking tool called Tables, an AirTable rival that allows for tracking projects more efficiently using automation. Today, Google says Tables will officially “graduate” from Area 120 to become an official Google product by joining Google Cloud, which it expects to complete in the next year.

The Tables project was started by long-time Google employee, now Tables’ GM, Tim Gleason, who spent 10 years at the company and many more before that in the tech industry. He said he was inspired to work on Tables because he always had a difficult time tracking projects, as teams shared notes and tasks across different documents, which quickly got out of date.

Instead of tracking those sorts of notes and tasks associated with a project across various documents that have to be manually updated by team members, Tables uses bots to help take on some of the administrative duties involved in guiding team members through a project — like scheduling recurring email reminders when tasks are overdue, messaging a chat room when new forms are received, moving tasks to other people’s work queues, or updating tasks when schedules are changed.

The team saw Tables as a potential solution for a variety of use cases, including of course project management, as well as IT operations, customer service tracking, CRM, recruiting, product development and more.

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The service was launched last September to test product market fit, Google says, and quickly found traction.

According to VP/GM and Head of Platform for Google Cloud Amit Zavery, early customer feedback was positive and the team saw customers adopting the service for multiple projects — another strong signal for its potential growth. He declined to say how many customers were already using the service, however.

The pandemic also likely played a role in Tables’ adoption, Zavery noted.

“If you saw what happened with COVID, I think work-tracking became a pretty big area of interest for many customers who we’re speaking to,” he says, explaining that everyone was trying to quickly digitize.

Popular use cases included inventory management, healthcare supply tracking and use in mortgage-lending workflows. However, the team found Tables was adopted across a variety of industries beyond these, as hoped. On average, customers would use Tables in a department with around 30 to 40 people, they found.

Most customers were abandoning more manual processes to use Tables instead, not coming from a rival service.

“Things were very fragmented in different documents or with different people, so using technologies like this really seems to have resonated very well,” Zavery says. “Now you had one central place for structured information you can access and do things on top of it versus trying to have 15 different sheets and figuring out how they are related because there’s no structure behind each of them.”

Another factor that prompted Tables’ adoption was how quickly people could be productive, thanks in part to its ability to integrate with existing data warehouses and other services. Currently, Tables supports Office 365, Microsoft Access, Google Sheets, Slack, Salesforce, Box and Dropbox, for example.

Tables was one of only a few Area 120 projects to launch with a paid business model, along with ticket seller Fundo, conversational ads platform AdLingo and Google’s recently launched Orion WiFi. During its beta, an individual could use Tables for free, with support for up to 100 tables and 1,000 rows. The paid plan was supposed to cost $10 per user per month, with support for up to 1,000 tables and 10,000 rows. This plan also included support for larger attachments, more actions and advanced history, sharing, forms, automation and views.

However, Google never began charging for its paid tier during the beta, it says.

As Tables graduates into Google Cloud’s lineup, it will be integrated with Google’s no-code app building platform, AppSheet, which has a free tier, allowing the freemium model to continue. Users who want additional features will be able to upgrade to a premium plan. It will also be offered as a standalone product, for those who want that experience.

Google will leverage Workspace to get Tables in front of more users, as well.

“it’s going to be delivered through Workspace integration, because that’s a very large community of users who expect some similar kind of functionality,” Zavery says. “That will be a big differentiator, when you talk about the breadth of things we can do — because of having that community of users on Sheets, the things they do with Drive, and the data they collect — we can automatically add this and augment their experience.”

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The project taps into the growing interest in no-code, spreadsheet-powered database platforms — like AirTable, for example, which had closed on $185 million in Series D funding in the days before Tables’ release, valuing its business at $2.585 billion, post-money.

As Tables transitions to Google Cloud, the Tables beta version will remain free until a fully supported Cloud product becomes available in the next year. At that point, users will migrate to the new service.

Over time, Tables plans to add more functionality as it ties in with AppSheet, to make using the service more seamless — so people don’t have to hop around from one product to another to accomplish tasks. It will also work to provide better ease of use, mobile support and connectivity with more backend systems.

Official pricing hasn’t been finalized but shouldn’t be very different from the beta version.

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8 Items for Your Home That Do More Than One Thing

The pandemic has redoubled the need for flexible furnishings.

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Shopping for Cafe Tables

If you’ve recently acquired some outdoor space, you’ll need to furnish it. Start with this versatile little table.

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The Googleplex of the Future Has Privacy Robots, Meeting Tents and Your Very Own Balloon Wall

The company that helped popularize open office plans and lavish employee perks is trying to reinvent office spaces to cope with workplace sensibilities changed by the pandemic.

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A Wedding Planner With a Lot on Her Plate

Nathalie Cadet-James had to adjust her luxury wedding planning business during the pandemic. She shifted to reusable table settings in a box.

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The Bills Rack Up Wins. Folding Tables Get Wrecked.

Though the team prohibits it, Bills fans are carrying on a new table-slamming tradition deep into the playoffs.

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Squirrel Tables Are the New Bird Feeders

Enticing wildlife to the backyard, with tiny furniture and elaborate meals, has consoled some Americans in quarantine.

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Danish Hygge Is So Last Year. Say Hello to Swedish Mys.

The essence of mys is the feeling of warmth. And the best city to stock up on mys-making supplies is Stockholm.

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Holiday Table Decoration Activity

With a little paint and accordion folding, your newspaper can become décor for your Thanksgiving table.

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Where Have All the Houseguests Gone?

The pandemic has made it impossible to invite people over, fundamentally changing the way many of us like to use our homes.

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Shopping for Footstools

Whether you want to relax, entertain or get some work done, this is one piece of furniture you should add to your living room.

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

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How to Refresh Your Home With Minimal Fuss

From reconsidering your lighting to upgrading your bedding, suggestions for making the space you’re isolating in feel new again.

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9 Top (and Stubborn) Design Trends

And how they came to be staples on Instagram and in our homes.

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