LOCATION: Durham, NC
PROJECT COST: $0
The original concept began with two columns of closely packed cylinders (grids of 64 shafts each) rising from their respective bases. The 128 points branch out toward an exploded grid where each is fastened and punctuated at the working surface by polished black granite inserts. Viewed from above, the etched glass surface provides a softly filtered view of the intricate structure below.
Further development of the tree-table idea led to the design of the elliptical coffee table. Inspired by the Baobab Tree found in West Africa, cylindrical “branches” originate from the broad elliptical base.
As the branches expand upward and outward, the pattern transforms from the regular to the irregular. Five different tapered branch profiles are repeated nine times each and arranged in a pattern which mimics organic random branching. The ends of the branches terminate at the glass tabletop.
Fabrication: Nienkämper Inc. (Toronto)