marrying fashion design with furniture design. 3D-printed clownesque coffee table, inspired by 17th century ruffs that can be found on Velasquez’ portraits, oddly suggests an exciting shelf surface as a side effect.

to transfer this kind of structure onto a table surface of a coffeetable, is the very first challenge: rolled in cloth, such a form of ruff is easily feasable, however when using rigid material to put objects onto it, this kind of ruff is not feasable in plastic, metal oder any other material through traditional manufacturing processes. the whole surface is made of wedges built up by loops, and each wedge means its loop’s diameter is decreasing towards the table’s center while maintaining same height (to maintain a plain overall surface).

thus, every loop forms a free form surface which is only feasable through 3D print. this is an exciting opportunity to show an example of using this technology usefully, to create forms that were not makeable if not for 3D print. at the same time, loops lined up form a kind of triangular structure, which as we know from cranes is a very stable construction which is good for less material and ergo less weight. also, as every loop forms a freeform shape towards the table’s center, these freeform shapes supply stability regarding tilting.

German Design Award 2017 Nominee
MINI Design Award 2016 Winner

prototype, 2014-16
3D print, steel sheet, powder-coated


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