PAPILLON Coffee-Table by Oliver Bals

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
PAPILLON

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Coffee-Table

INSPIRATION:
Papillon is an attempt to resolve the opposition between he self-sufficient sculptural object and the container. As a sculptural object, Papillon is a poetic work on foliage between rest and movement, a play with order and chance, balance and gravity. From a functional point of view, it's a proposal that solves storage and display of books and magazines under a glass table in a simple and elegant way. No loss of purity through usage, no sacrifice of functionality on behalf of formal intention.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A single, flat element is combined into spatial structure, to be liberally disposed under a glass-top, thus providing inclined storage space that always brings its content into a loose order. Different shapes of glass can be combined with base elements of various colours and numbers. While empty, supporting elements evoke leaves and open books in a random harmony that only subtly mutates through reading matter piling up inside.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
1x2x3+1. A polygonal slab entangled with another, identical one, emerges into spatial structure. Three of these come together and, seemingly effortlessly, sustain a sheet of glass. Slight unevenness of floors is absorbed through tetrahedral geometry. Gravity plays a heavy role: It not only maintains everything upright, but also in order. In this sea of slabs, magazines pile up naturally. With or without reading matter, beneath the resting coffeecup a vague sensation of soft flutter is perceived.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This design had been on my mind for a long time without taking final shape. But it wasn't until I did the interior design for my wife's dentists surgery in 2010 that I would finally come up with the definite solution. So it was 2011 when the prototype was done, which still serves in the surgery. Since then the design has been refined and small editions have been produced.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Top: 10mm tempered glass. Base: 18mm plywood, birch. Finish: HPL, high gloss or satin.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
There are 4 different glass shapes available. Depending on the shape, table sizes vary slightly. Hight is always 360mm, Surface ranges from 1400 x 850mm to 1100 x 1100mm. Papillon is delivered in flat packages - 1 base element each. Different colors are available and can be combined.

TAGS:
coffee-table, glass top, wood base, free form

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
The initial aim was to create a random landscape underneath a glass top, that would look slightly different with press and books inside, but would never lose it's original character. The challenge was to achieve this with as little as possible simple elements, since I wanted it to be industrializable. After lots of intents I came up with one unique shape for the base elements that looks different from any angle and creates this random effect I had been looking for.

ADDED DATE:
2014-06-28 05:45:48

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Alicia Martorell, 2013. Image #2: Photographer Oliver Bals, 2013. Image #3: Photographer Oliver Bals, 2013. Image #4: Creator Diego Ramallo, 2012. Image #5: Photographer Oliver Bals, 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
bcndsn

PROFILE:
bcndsn.com is an online sales platform for design objects that are self-produced by their creators. we promote design that has been conceived and developed for industrial production, but has so far been only produced in small series or by commission. bcndsn is both an online shop for customers looking for a design product with authorship, and a showcase platform for the industry in search of available designs. this formula generates a win-win-win effect: - designers are able to test their designs in a real life situation and may recover their investment through direct sale, without having to develop the commercial infrastructure beforehand. At the same time their designs are visible to the potential buyers in the sector. - the customer obtains an object that will always keep (or increase) its added value, since its exclusivity is maintained even if the design is later acquired and produced by a brand. - the sector eventually acquires a life- and possibly market -proven design, fully developed for industrial production. bcndsn.com exclusively sells products that have been designed and produced by small-size, owner-run businesses in the Barcelona area.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Papillon Coffee-Table by Oliver Bals is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Papillon Coffee-Table by Oliver Bals is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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