Curly Table by Bean Buro

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Curly

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Table

INSPIRATION:
The sculptural centrepiece draws inspiration from traditional Chinese garden theories. Carefully sculpted forms appear to look organic and natural, yet they are innate with precise functions. Placing such sophisticatedly sculpted furniture in the centre of an environment serves more than just an eye candy, but increasing one’s intuition and interaction with the space.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is a concept for a large dinning table to be staged as a central piece in an interior space. The shape is full of playful wiggly curves, which dramatically departs from traditional formal symmetrical tables. It celebrates playfulness and increases social dynamics. The curves appear to be random at first sight, however each curve have been carefully designed to encourage a variety of seating positions; from small clusters of a few people, to one large party for eighteen people.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Users are encouraged to arrange their own chairs around a part of the table for a small party, while another party can simultaneously use the table. The shared table surface encourage conversations between users and also to strangers, because the playful curves encourages a sense of informality, allowing users to feel relaxed, open minded and connected. For large parties, eighteen people can sit around the whole table for a full extravagant event.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project is at concept stage and has not been prototyped or constructed. The concept works started in January 2014 in Hong Kong and ended in March 2014. The project will be exhibited and published in Hong Kong China.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The table shape was digitally designed using CAD and 3D modelling softwares, where each curve is determined as a result of various users seating arrangements simulations. The curvy table top would be fabricated in marble by CNC laser-cut techniques. Strengthened steel table legs are carefully designed to support the body.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The tabletop is in marble glossy finish, consisting of 3no. layers at 19mm thickness, while the table base is a build up of MDF panels, finished in durable high gloss paint. The overall size is 5000mm x 1500mm, at 720mm high. The stacked MDF panels have inner vertical steel rods for reinforcement.

TAGS:
Table, digital design, Bean Buro Architects, Curve, Curvy, Sculptural, dinning, F&B, restaurant, installation, furniture, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorene Faure, marble

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This conceptual project is part of a wider research agenda of furniture installation works of the company, with clear research objectives of investigating a.) the spatial effects on social relationships caused by a furniture installation in a fixed setting, b.) subverting the strict traditions of user and object relationships with simple and subtle changes to the form of a furniture.

CHALLENGE:
The main design challenge in the project is to ensure the curves of the dinning table form do not compromise user ergonomics, but to stage potential social effects and encourage conversations. It also challenges to subvert the traditional formal dinning table and break down social boundaries.

ADDED DATE:
2014-03-31 03:05:35

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui and Lorene Faure

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Designer Bean Buro, Curly, 2013.
Image #2: Designer Bean Buro, Curly, 2013.
Image #3: Designer Bean Buro, Curly, 2013.
Image #4: Designer Bean Buro, Curly, 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Bean Buro

PROFILE:
The studio is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. The studio has a network of British and international collaborators to providing architecture, interior, installation, furniture and product design services in Hong Kong and China. The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specializing in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces. Bean Buro believes architecture is an emotional, spatial experience constructed by both the user and the author. The design methodologies stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of historical, environmental, cultural and social factors, resulting in highly inventive interventions while preserving plenty of intellectual wit.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Curly Table by Bean Buro is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Curly Table by Bean Buro is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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