To upcycle sheet metal from a decommissioned substation, Taiwan-based SUNRIU Design Studio designed this Tai Side Table. "Under the condition of not using [virgin] sheet metal, we hope to create furniture that is easy to produce, beautiful, and eco-economical," they write. "Only laser cutting and bending are required."
SUNRIU cites both I.M. Pei's Luce Memorial Chapel and Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool as inspirations for the form.
Additionally, "The tabletop can be replaced with any material and can even be transformed into a low table."
They also designed this companion Tai Stool:
SUNRIU notes that the multitude of parts comprising the design was dictated by the material availability. "It's relatively difficult to find large and complete sheets" within the decommissioned pile, they note.
Creating a design built around "smaller units assembled with simple hardware, seems more in line with the essence of the concept, just like the Japanese designer Akira Minagawa's work," they write. (Minagawa, founder of fashion brand minä perhonen, famously cannot abide waste and incorporates fabric scraps and cutoffs into his designs.)
You can see more of SUNRIU's work here.
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PS: the choice of terra cotta color is refreshing.
Consider “alternating” the two slots on the lower horizontal member. For greater strength if, let’s say, someone sits down and puts a foot on the lower plane. In the current design 1/2 of the lower horizontal plane is unsupported by the legs. This is an attractive product and I think with further exploration could enjoy both aesthetic as well as commercial success. Good luck!