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One design can inspire thousands of people and one principle, even more. The Japanese art of origami, the art of folding paper is a model to be followed by many and they are not few the ones spending hours to unlock its secrets. Several pieces of furniture are making use of the principle in their own design, like this one right here, Elegant Exquisite Highly Customizable Origami Coffee Table by Martin Pitonak.
Few of us know, even if we have came across it so many times as kids, that the Japanese have another paper art called Kirigami, and we`ve all seen a birthday card that materializes into a figure or an object when popped-open.
So the Kirigami is the art of cutting paper and assembling objects using the cuts, materializing great things that you would not even imagine.
Now we will describe a piece of furniture using the Japanese technique, an outstanding table that rises from the floor, reason for which it`s entitled the rising table.
The thought process behind this table is put together by Robert van Embricqs, the designer that broke the limits of Kirigami, previously limited on paper. Therefore the result is remarkable, the fiber of the wood gets accentuated and transcended into another plane, creating fluidity on a noble and warm material :
“blends the multifaceted tabletop with the latticework of wooden beams that function as the center of the construct. From there, the table sprouts four wooden beams that hold up the entire construct“.
Apart from our Kirigami inspired system, the table can have different meanings for each one, it may represent the nature studied closely without the destructive interference of human beings, something natural, organic, simple in it`s complexity :
“This inspired the incision pattern in the flat surface of the wood that resulted into the creation of a latticework of woven wooden beams that make up the center of the table. By emphasizing nature’s logic, a seemingly random collection of wooden beams organically merges to form the figuratively beating heart of the Rising Table“.
As Leonardo de Vinci stated “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” , many intellects have confirmed and created similar hypothesis. A unique simple thing is so much harder to be realized and so much more fulfilling. Here we have a great example and a unique equilibrium between art and design, capturing great aspects of both. Besides that, even if this was not the goal of the designer, the most pragmatic characters will appreciate the space saving problem when the table is closed.
What do you think?