Cork Stopper Table
Though there are many 'Do It Yourself' furniture pieces out there, I have felt that realistically there are only two options: 1. easy to assemble but not aesthetically pleasing, 2. beautiful but difficult to assemble. Therefore, I would like to propose the third option: DIY furniture with easy assembly and a beautiful high-end look. To achieve this goal I have played with the idea of blowing up mundane objects such as a cork stopper and plastic shirts clips to build the main structure of this table.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Cork Stopper Table is a DIY coffee table with an innovative joinery idea and high-end look. This table is composed of four clip legs, a glass top and a giant cork stopper which highlights the beauty that is its unique and efficient structure. The material combination of birch plywood, hand-crafted cork and clear glass creates a contemporary but poetic look. The assembly requires less than a minute of time, no glue, screw or hardware.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
With the extremely simple joinery system, the Cork Stopper Table is free from the disadvantage of the usual DIY furniture kit. A well engineered leg and cork assembly mechanism combined with a thoughtful set of materials selection is enough to show off the aesthetic of its straight forward structure. This piece might be one of the most sophisticated coffee tables achievable in less than one minute of assembly time.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2011 and was completed in March 2014 in New York.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The clip legs are made out of baltic birch plywood milled with a CNC machine as this was the most practical means of execution in terms of time and cost efficiency. To highlight the structural detail and make it visible at the eye level of the user's daily life, I decided to use clear tempered glass as the table top material. The cork stopper was the main piece of visual the composition and I tried to mimic the cork stoppers used with glass labware. To make an emotional balance against the machine made leg and glass top, I chose the hand lathed cork piece to add a more humane feeling to the design.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 915mm x Depth 915mm x Height 460mm
Baltic birch plywood, Tempered glass, Cork
Cork Stopper Table, Hyeonil Jeong, CNC, Plywood, Cork joinery, Tempered Glass,
The main intent was to design a DIY furniture piece with a high-end look and easy assembly. My focus was to find a beautiful and efficient joinery mechanism and that is how I came up with this clip leg and cork stopper idea. Based on this structural feature, I spent a long time figuring out the best material combination and finalized the design with Baltic birch plywood, hand crafted cork and high polished tempered glass.
The biggest challenge was the material and fabrication choice. It started from the leg. I thought of metal legs first, but found the risk of scratching on the table top. I then moved to the plywood bending technique shortly but it was not affordable in terms of time, labor and cost efficiency. Finally, I settled with baltic birch plywood with CNC milling which was the easier way than solid wood, molded plywood or metal. The circular cut-out of glass table top was also a challenging part. To find out the right diameter of cut-out, I was needed make a set of mdf pieces with circular cut in the middle and used them as the test piece to figure out the best dimension. Based on the sets test record, I could make the water jet glass cut in right size.
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Image 01, Photographer Hyeonil Jeong, 2014
Image 02, Photographer Hyeonil Jeong, 2014
Image 03, Photographer Hyeonil Jeong, 2014
Image 04, Photographer Hyeonil Jeong, 2014
Image 05, Photographer Hyeonil Jeong, 2014