Exchange Dining Table by Tanner Svoboda

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Exchange

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dining Table

INSPIRATION:
I was inspired by conversations. I looked at how people converse with each other through body language and posture.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design opportunity is to promote conversation during dining so that the users can obtain the benefits associated with communal meals.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is a traditional dining table that has specifically placed cutouts to bring the users closer together. This promotes conversation, and also allows for food to be taken from the middle of the table and passed around. Thus allowing for more interaction.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project took me 10 weeks to develop, design, and build. I completed the project at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
I made the table top from 8/4" and 4/4" solid dark walnut. It was then fabricated using a 5-axis CNC. The Legs are made from 4/4" solid dark walnut, which I turned on the lathe. The aluminum pieces are made from aluminum tubing, which I turned on the metal lathe.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1371.6mm diameter x 774.7mm height

TAGS:
Dining, Table, Walnut, Aluminum, Conversation, Exchange

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Before starting this project I researched behavior issues that could be changed through furniture. I found that communal dining was on the decline within American households. I also found that extending communal dining could lead to smarter children, better social skills, and eating healthier. To promote longer communal meals I researched how people converse, as well as ways to promote conversation.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this project was finding ways to promote conversation without being too direct. I find that when people are purposely forced to do something they want to reject it. The cutouts in the table are subtle ways of bringing people closer together and promoting interaction.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-02 04:53:00

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
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IMAGE CREDITS:
Tanner Svoboda, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Noal Furniture

PROFILE:
Noal Furniture is a company Tanner Svoboda hopes to start once he has completed his MFA in furniture design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Noal Furniture will be a company that designs and builds furniture for the residential sector that is purposeful as well as meets the aesthetic needs of the user. NOAL

NOMINATION DETAILS

Exchange Dining Table by Tanner Svoboda is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Exchange Dining Table by Tanner Svoboda is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.

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