Tea and Coffee Table
I see beauty in the imitation of geography by way of contour models. I applied contouring to the tabletop to create something novel and very contrary to existing tables. The name of the table, Baan, is appropriated from the Korean word ‘bandae’, which means to ‘oppose’, ‘counteract’.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A tabletop is flat to accommodate objects. While its flatness fulfills its function, the assumption that a table must be functional to begin with results in repetition of the same story. In order to reimagine the table, I minimized the flatness of the tabletop and occupied the rest of the surface with non-functional form. This table resists convention, combining the functional and the non-functional, and offers a new perspective on the table as object and a freedom of perception.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The table serves six people and there are compartments to store tea sets in the center. For each individual, the minimally essential usable space is granted.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2014 in Gimpo, Republic of Korea and finished in January 2016 in Beijing, China.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Tea Set Storage: Ceramic Ware. Tabletop: Cork and Aluminium (CNC milled). Table Legs: Black Aluminium.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
1500(L) x 1020(W) x 620(H)
furniture design, table, contour, cork, art, freedom, contrast, Baan, Bandae, Changheon Lee
In order to express the design concept of defamiliarization of the table, the separation between the functional and non-functional had to be clear and, at the same time, harmonious. To achieve this, the ‘contrast effect’ was implemented. The functional parts of the tabletop are rectilinear in form and have a metal finish, exuding a cold brashness. The non-functional parts are curvilinear in form and made of cork, radiating warmth. Together, the two synthesize to create a dichotomous harmony.
With the predicament of minimizing usable space to amplify room for the non-functional, there had to first be an understanding of defining ‘essential usable space’. In order to do this, trays used in cafes were studied. Such trays are generally manufactured to allow one person to amply support their dessert plate and cup. The dimensions of a range of trays were measured, and the averages were used to size the space per person for this table.
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Image #1: Creator Changheon Lee, Baan, 2017.
Image #2: Creator Changheon Lee, Baan, 2017.
Image #3: Creator Changheon Lee, Baan, 2017.
Image #4: Creator Changheon Lee, Baan, 2017.
Image #5: Creator Changheon Lee, Baan, 2017.