Walter Zesk was a Philosophy major at Wesleyan; Seth Wiseman studied both Building Science and Industrial Design at Appalachian State U. Eventually the two gravitated towards getting Masters of Architecture Degrees at RISD, where they presumably met, and now the two run Con Form Lab, a design firm that strives to "make design, and the digital tools relevant to design, accessible to everyone." Scale-wise their projects range from designing jewelry to 15,000-square-foot industrial facilities.
The Con Form Lab project that caught our eye was their Sullivan/Barnes dining table, a birch- and maple-plywood affair that seats six—until you pull on the sides, at which point it expands to seat ten thanks to perfectly-fitted slots. A simple idea familiar to anyone who's ridden an escalator and paid attention, expertly executed via CNC.
I can't stop staring at the attendant sideboard's beautiful joinery detail, which kind of looks like a Japanese family crest.
Check out more of Con Form Lab's projects here.
via 2 modern blog