In this project, I explored how to create a table to facilitate an interaction between two people. The primary concept driving this project is the abstraction of the table surface. How much can you take away before the table loses its table surface? And how does that subtraction influence the interaction between two people if they are limited by how much they can put between them?
For the final product, I made this Cherry Slat Floor Table over the course of a several weeks. In this project, I took full responsibility of the design and fabrication of this table. Some photos from the long fabrication process from start to finish are below.
This table is one of my favorite projects because as soon as I was done, it was a legitimate object in the world that people could perceive, interact with, and have impressions of. Many of the design projects that I do end with a prototype: a representative stand-in for a concept. Although these prototype projects require just as much care, they lack the same kind of satisfying conclusion. With a real object, there is an undeniable realness and understandability. Rather than explain “This part will be made of x material and will be attached this way to part y,” the object speaks for itself.