Black Widow, a centerpiece for domestic, or public/commercial spaces, based on the philosophy of a concept called “Nature On Top Of Technology”, is more like a statement of how technology should be used, in favor of nature and not against it. It's also a message that Nature and technology-dependent-civilizations can co-exist.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Black Widow is a table that features a unique supporting structure proposal of metal elements sliding through the tabletop and due to their inclined position the table top is fastened and secured in place. "Slide and Screw" assembly process makes everything easier. Flat packaging size and utilization of up-cycled materials makes Black Widow Eco-friendly.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This design is the outcome of a personal research exploring the possibilities of an object being produced either with standard manufacturing methods either introducing new technologies such as 3D printing along with sustainability.
The underlying materials of the table top are up-cycled left overs from near by industries.
The modular elements of the supporting structure, may be 3D printed, which will then be combined and assembled with aluminum tubes, to give life to the final creation.
Black-Widow is a table made out of parts that interact with each other through gravity and friction that ensures the stability of the structure. The modular elements of the supporting structure are easy to assemble through the "Slide and Screw" (or "Slide and Joint" in the case of 3D printing) process, which makes installation (and flat packaging) an easy task.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2014 in Thessaloniki and finished in June 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The table top element is made out of: Wood blocks, up-cycled leftovers from waste materials, harvested from local wood furniture production industries. The blocks are assembled in place with bone (or lowest emission) glue. It's the perfect background to apply the black tones of Corian made with the new DeepColour Technology, in this case, Deep Night Sky. The structural elements produced in this manner have exceptional bending and compressive strength. The supporting structural elements are made out of: 1) Aluminum or Steel tubes, straight or bended, powder coated in off-black or golden shades. The tubes are assembled in place with a simple “Slide and Screw” procedure that lets the user to easily assemble or disassemble the object. 2) Rounded and drilled Wood blocks (up-cycled leftovers), to protect flooring from dings and scratches. No gluing is required to set them in place; Gravity will do its magic. Since assembling is left to the user, flat packaging is possible. Special notice should be given to the supporting structurel. A circular array of Metal elements (resembling the shape of an old man's walking stick), slide through the tabletop and due to their inclined position the table top is fastened and secured in place. Nothing is bonded, everything stays in place. Gravity and Friction at its finest.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width mm x Depth mm x Height mm = 1380mm x 1030mm x 750mm.
table, furniture, homeware, modular, iconpoetry
The challenge in this particular case was to create an object using modular elements that's easy to assemble, with simple-to-follow procedure. Sustainability was an overall criterion and it's presence is indicated in the choice of the underlying materials and flat-packaging option for storing and delivering. Last but not least, the most challenging part was to use forces that has been around since the beginning of time, Gravity and Friction, as the key elements of the supporting structure mechanism.
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Image #1: Architect George Drakakis, Black Widow, 2014.
Image #2: Architect George Drakakis, Black Widow, 2014.
Image #3: Architect George Drakakis, Black Widow, 2014.
Image #4: Architect George Drakakis, Black Widow, 2014.
Image #5: Architect George Drakakis, Black Widow, 2014.