Gargantua & his son Pantagruel
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Gargantua & his son Pantagruel
I. 'In the meantime, Master Appetite came, and then very orderly they sat down at table. At the beginning of the meal, one Gargantua read some pleasant history of the warlike actions of former times, until he had taken a glass of wine. Then, if they thought good, they continued reading, or began to discourse merrily together; speaking first of the virtue, propriety, efficacy, and nature of all that served at the table: bread, water, wine, salt, meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, herbs and how
they were prepared.'

II. 'Come,’ said Pantagruel, ’let us now make ourselves merry one bout, and drink, my lads, I beseech you, for it is very good drinking all this month.’Then they did uncase their flagons by heaps and dozens, and with their leaguer-provisions made excellent good cheer.
Gargantua and Pantagruel are the most famous giants in European literature. Large, strong, high-spirited, intelligent, progressive and crazy about the good things in life; this is how we get to know father and son in the books of Francois Rabelais. In 1994, Dirk Wynants drew inspiration from Rabelais when designing the iconic garden table Gargantua: a strong and sustainable piece of furniture at which people can enjoy good weather, good meals and good conversations together. Dirk Wynants’ design firm, Extremis, was created together with Gargantua. Exactly twenty years later, Wynants celebrated this anniversary with the design Pantagruel. A chip off the old block. Pantagruel is robust, elegant and sober. The table top with lazy Susan, a rotating tray for delicacies, brings people of all ages together and makes it easy for them. A tool for togetherness, convenient for conviviality, which one can pass on to the next generations, including the good memories.
Extremis published a beautifully designed book about Gargantua and Pantagruel, in which the author Leen Huet sheds light on the giants and their tables. Every one who owns a Gargantua or Pantagruel table, can retrieve a free copy here, by sending us a picture of you and your friends or family, around one of these tools for togetherness. Here's the experience one of our critical readers wanted to share:

Thank you for sending us the book “The Name of the Giant”!
I made some time to read it this weekend and it has inspired me to start to discover the stories of the writer Rabelais.
Pantagruel has a very important meaning for us: many years ago (we don’t know the exact date anymore), we went on holiday to Greece as a young married couple, where we stayed in “cabins” of Club Med. Our cabin was called: Pantagruel. They made us believe that this meant “big giant” and that name always stuck on us as we spent one of our best vacations ever there.
Several years later, we bought the table Gargantua and we learned there was a connection between both names…
The table has brought us many great moments with family and friends and will be cherished for the rest of our lives! 10 Years ago we set up a new business which we called “Pantagruel” because the name has given us so many great moments and even still now!
So Pantagruel and Gargantua are names that are inextricably linked to us… We will definitely cherish the book, just like our table, and we hope we can enjoy all the good things in life for a long time coming …
Thanks again for the gift!
illustrations by Gustav Doré