Platform 16 TABLES

3rd February 2012

The RCA work in progress show this week was an engaging mix of social considerations of technology overload, over consumption.

Change was also a key theme with projects looking to how our lives will need to change over the coming years due to new urbanization constructs, food and technology evolutions (synthetic biology) and changes in our understanding of virtual, real, magic and myth. A series of thought provoking projects there were also many that were simply striking for from, function and materiality.

One of the projects that caught my eye was by Design Products Platform 16 which took an Ikea table and asked the students to make a table out of a table and in the process make a comment on the idea of a table. Some looked to the table as a place to share and meet, whilst others looked at it as a place to consider time.

Marjan Van Aubel's 1:7 table actually made 7 tables out of one table by pushing with the boundaries of materials and materiology. Planing down the wood from the original Ikea table she has created a chemical reaction with glue that makes the wood expand to twice its size. Organic in its growth the resulting table and material takes on an entirely new form and appeal.

I also was taken by Dagny Rewera's LumienBois table that explores change and weathering in outdoor objects and the idea of at what point nature takes over and creates its own secret life.

Pulping the wood from the table and introducing a bioluminescent wood fungi - the fungi becomes the craftsmen of the object and Rewera becomes the assistant in the design process.The bioluminescent mycelium only reveals its beautiful secret when it becomes dark.

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