Designer: Taylor McKenzie-Veal
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Award: Student Notable
The Fl.int. Table is a table with flexibility and integrity for the urban apartment dweller. The highly portable components assemble without tools, using only thumbscrews. The table utilizes honest materials that transform into a durable coffee table or a sturdy dining table, allowing it to adapt to individual spaces.
The social value of my design is primarily ecological. The Fl.int. Table can remain with the owner throughout their life, enduring changes in living space and aesthetic. This eliminates the need for purchasing new products, and enhances the relationship the owner has with the product. Domestic Walnut and American made steel create a classic combination that display their honest use. The product proudly displays its materials.
Core77: What's the latest news or development with your project?
I am currently in the process of making a few refinements for the final iteration of the table. I have plans to fabricate a small batch of the design in various hardwoods and finishes, and sell them privately. I hope to pursue leads with manufacturers in the future.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
One aspect of the design, the stacking legs, was more accident than intention. While bending and welding the steel tube for the legs, I needed to move the components from one shop to another. In the process of carrying the legs to the TIG welder, I observed that with a slight change to the design it would be easier to carry the legs, because they would stack perfectly. This is a great example of a nuance that designers can generate from prototyping their own work. Through making your own designs, you can get into the details and work them out in hands on way—you learn more and your designs improve.
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