What happens when traditional cabinetmaking and cutting-edge 3D Printing techniques collide? Modern furniture designer Mathias Bengtsson dares to experiment with this premise and delights us with his 3D Printed ‘Big Growth Table’ – a mix of Materialise’s technology and nature’s beauty.
We have seen numerous furniture pieces fabricated via large-scale 3D printers. We’ve seen lounge chairs, coffee tables, desks, and all sorts of other decorations for the home. One piece which really opened our eyes to the intricacies and architecture that’s made possible by 3D printing is one by industrial designer Onur Ozkaya.
Ozkaya, who has an extensive background in furniture design, is a lecturer at London Metropolitan University (The CASS) and Cambridge School of Arts. Based in London, Ozkaya decided to use his skill set and understanding of complex geometric patterns and manufacturing techniques to 3D print a coffee table that he calls the ‘Cellular Coffee Table‘.
Cellular Coffee Table has been developed using three different layers of cellular structural body to provide both lightweight and strong furniture type,” explained Ozkaya to 3DPrint.com. “Each layer has a different thickness ratio in order to save material waste and finally aiming to create a much more exciting spatial environment by providing different shadow qualities at different times of the day.
UK-based designer Benjamin Hubert has designed perhaps the world’s lightest wooden table as part of an internal studio research project into lightweight construction. His Ripple table is a little over 8 feet long and about 3.2 feet wide, weighing in at just about 20 pounds (9 kilograms).
Made using 70-80% less material than a standard timber table, Ripple can be assembled and moved around fairly easily by just one person. The lightweight design is due to using a process that corrugates plywood just like cardboard through pressure lamination. Hubert developed this technique with Canadian manufacturer Corelam.
Designer Konstantin Grcic has designed a series of tables with extruded-aluminium tops for BD Barcelona Design.
Available in lengths up to 3.6 metres and with metal, concrete or wooden legs, the table is the first piece in a collection called Extrusion designed by Grcic for the Spanish brand.