Emotional Object #010: "Roots" Coffee table by João Faria Concept

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Emotional Object #010: "Roots"

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Coffee table

INSPIRATION:
"Roots" is a coffee table inspired in the Sacred Ceiba tree in Havana. A line that revolves around a volume leaving traces with different expressions, just like a root of that tree, intercepted with a volume on top. Its not easy to describe roots other than you have to see it... "Roots" reinterprets that geometry in a contemporary design. In the top half a volume intercepts with this geometry and present us with a surface in a contrasting material. Complex look with lots of handcrafted mastery.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Interpreting nature is a long tradition in design. In this coffee table that was the aim. The uniqueness of this table is that the initial inspiration was taken to the limit. Wood and lacquer intercept revealing the true mastering of the artisans. What makes this design unique are the woodworkers that made it possible. It is a testament to their commitment to take an idea and make it possible, producing with patience, art and craftsmanship a piece of nature in our living room.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
We can look at this table from many perspectives... If we forget all the emotional side, it's just a coffee table, to be placed next to the sofa and television. It has a clearly defined role and fulfill it without blemish. But if we try to be more ambitious, then it is not just a table... It's a piece of nature that we have inside our home and interact with us in many different ways.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This object was born in December 2013, Porto, Portugal. After fifhteen prototypes, the two variations of the final model were concluded in January 2016 and presented at Maison et Objet in Paris in January this year.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
As always in our designs, "Roots" can't be made in large production due to it design. To produce this table we have a combination of highly skilled artisans with laser cut technology and router cutting techniques. Manual and skilled work is a component without which this design wouldn't be possible.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Veneered polywood and laquered MDF. Physical dimensions 900 x 900 x 300 mm. Dimensions of crate: 1000 x 1000 x 450 mm. This product is delivered full assembled in wooden crate. Weight: 50 Kg.

TAGS:
roots, furniture, coffee table, emotional object, ceiba, walnut, center table, laquered, Emotional, Objects, Ironwood

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Although Roots have been inspired by the Sacred Trees of Cuba, its origins have walked in our minds for a long time. We sought to draw a coffee table whose design was so strong that it does not require any decorative object on top. Deep down, the same way we look to an aquarium or clouds, our goal was to design something that could relax our mind in a way that only nature can. And that object, that something, should be close to us, next to a sofa or an armchair, where we lay from the rush of our day to day life.

CHALLENGE:
The main difficult of this object was its implementation because, despite not appear, technically is a table of great complexity. The technology and construction processes required to obtain this final result of great perfection are the most advanced available on the market, which is, nevertheless, ironic for an object that tries to simulate nature. Alongside the laser cutting and CNC methods, are also necessary skills and knowledge of more traditional joinery, particularly in the assembly of the piece and finishing.

ADDED DATE:
2015-09-28 16:31:48

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Andrêa Pinto

IMAGE CREDITS:
João Faria Concept

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Emotional Objects

PROFILE:
“Emotional Objects” is a new brand of decorative objects, born by the hand of an architect, which had its world debut at Maison & Objet Paris, on January 2016. After nearly twenty years of work in the field, in 2012 João Faria created the "Emotional Objects" concept as a way to produce and market his own objects. This brand, composed of different pieces from butter dishes to office furniture or Bluetooth speakers, will produce only 99 objects. Then the project will be finished. With an important component of craftsmanship, the twenty-six objects developed until now take design to its limits, with no compromises and a great attention to detail. The author´s intention is to make objects that connect to people, create a relationship with their owners and provoke an emotional response.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Emotional Object #010: "roots" Coffee Table by João Faria Concept is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Emotional Object #010: "roots" Coffee Table by João Faria Concept is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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