design is a process, a series of steps. when, in considering an idea, a logical progression becomes evident, it validates the execution of that idea. this natural progression of steps is evidenced in the seamless integration that is the essence of the una table.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
the grace and simplicity of the una are achieved by capitalizing on the inherent strength and flexibility of plywood and the tension achieved through precise design considerations. the strength of the plywood affords volume and structure to the base. its flexibility and resulting tension allow the glass surface to be incorporated. by using traditional materials and manufacturing techniques in an untraditional way, una defines its own space without being foreign, both embracing and challenging the basic principles of design.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
sturdy and well balanced yet airy in appearance and incredibly light, this unobtrusive table can be trusted to accommodate your accouterments and compliment your space.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
began november 2012 in pittsburgh, pennsylvania
completed march 2013 in pittsburgh, pennsylvania
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
eight pieces of 1/16 inch rotary cut maple veneer are pressed together, precisely cut into a common form, bent and fixed together using traditional joining techniques. taking advantage of the inherent flexibility of the plywood, the resulting three legs of the base are pried open to affix the glass surface. the plywood forms are identical, optimizing manufacturing repeatability. the tension of the frame holds the glass surface permanently in place, eliminating the intrusion and additional cost of fasteners.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
dimensions. width 418mm x depth 369mm x height 514mm
materials. maple, tempered glass
una table, una side table, una coffee table, conor mcdonald, cmc
my career as an industrial designer has taken me all over the world, exposed me to a myriad of materials and manufacturing techniques and provides constant inspiration to expand the realm of current practices to achieve new and interesting outcomes.
the greatest challenge was to prototype a piece that requires this level of precision, all the while knowing that the technology exists to do so with ease. but, recognizing the simplicity of manufacturing such a piece, served as the greatest motivation to do so, by hand.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Conor McDonald, 2013.