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This Table gives me many ideas.
Toby Howes‘ Escher Coffee Table, inspired by one of Escher’s bird & fish tessellation sketches. “Each of the three walnut inlaid arcs slide out to become side tables in their own right, leaving the central zebrano piece to become more & more sculptural as each arc is removed.”
DEVIANT ARMY » Escher Coffee Table by Toby Howes.
Stefan Diez chairs for German company e15 . The Houdini chair is radically different from other wooden designs. It uses 4mm thin oak-veneered plywood. The technique used in this chair is also used in aeroplane model making. Two-dimensional plywood slabs are stretched by hand around a milled solid wood ring. The slabs form the back and are also part of the seat. No nails or screws are used, just glue to keep the parts together.
The shape may remind one of the Eames’ plastic shell chairs, but the process is quite revolutionary. In the pictures below you see how it is done. Not surprisingly, the chair won the Red Dot ‘Best of the best’ award.
E15 will present new items in the Houdini chair family at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. I’m curious!
(pics from the e15 website)
his work at Thonet,
Designed as an exercise in low-tech, adaptable and recyclable construction. The use of paper based building materials might prove to be a reasonable temporary housing solution in disaster zones around the globe. Measuring just over 5 meters long, this light weight shelter comes complete with a table and four stools, the house also features a waiting area with a bench in keeping with tea ceremony practice. Set to be auctioned off at London’s Phillips de Pury & Company, the Paper Tea house by Shigeru Ban will offered with a pre-sale estimate of £20,000 – 30,000. Other than your wallet, no heavy lifting required.
Paper, Tea, and a dash of reality | Preik.
Florian Kallus, a German Designer, has conceived of a chair based on the simple aesthetic of a cardboard box. Inside the
“Karton” sits a leather arm chair. Inventive, if not totally innovative. (via DB).
Florian Kallus ‘Karton Chair’ | Curatedmag.com.
John Caserta has an interesting project on creating various letters from helvetica contained around a cube shape. As a result of this process he has created some interesting forms. I wonder what flat shapes you could produce by inking it up, applying it to paper and rolling it across the page?A video of the objects can be found here.
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I also think they are a bit guilt of leading you up a forest path. The lovely illustration shown here does not come with the table and lets be honest very few of us (Queen Michelle excepted) could produce our own.
Kingdom Of Style: Intriguing Ibride….