Crystal Tables by Rita Kettaneh

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Crystal

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Tables

INSPIRATION:
What triggered the inspiration for the Crystal Tables was my interest in the synergy between 3D and 2D, and more specifically in 3D objects which give the illusion of being 2D. Such objects come alive and transform in front of our eyes when we move around them. This makes a piece interactive and visually intriguing. At the same time, I saw that basic geometrics shapes convey simplicity and exude an intrinsic familiarity and hence they would balance the visual enigma.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Crystal tables are a set of geometric side tables inspired from the crystal. From the transparent tops to the minimalistic single-line bases, the tables make a statement of pure presence. Each Crystal Table has a geometric identity which is revealed through its top like the "flat face" which characterizes a crystal. The Triangle, Diamond, and Square Crystal Tables express their identity not only in the shape of their tops but also through their various silhouettes.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Crystal Tables consist of side tables for use by one or two persons. When a group of similar Crystal Tables are arranged side by side, they form a larger crystal of the same shape, which functions as a modular coffee table. Each Crystal Table can be disassembled through a few screws. This facilitates packing, especially that similar bases can be stacked together. Also, recycling is possible as the disassembly separates the different materials.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started with the design phase in Kornet Chehwan, Lebanon in August 2016. It was completed in February 2018 with the end of the execution phase in Mazraat Yachouh, Lebanon. While the first part of the design work took place in 2016, the designs were revisited at every iteration of execution, to incorporate learnings from the prototypes, and to maintain homogeneity across the whole set after changes to any individual table.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The table base is made up of brushed stainless steel, optionally plated with copper or brass. The top is made up of a sheet of transparent acrylic, which is affixed through screws to the stainless steel base. The base is elevated from the ground to prevent scratches using teflon parts shaped like screws. To produce the base, a stainless steel rod is bent at high heat along a metal jig.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Triangle: 415 mm x 310 mm x 495 mm The Diamond: 450 mm x 345 mm x 425 mm The Square: 330 mm x 330 mm x 460 mm

TAGS:
set of side tables, crystal tables, modular coffee table, geometric tables, triangle table, diamond table, square table, kray studio, rita kettaneh, kray

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Initial mock-ups were made using paper and aluminium wire. This allowed preliminary stability tests to be carried out. After modeling on Rhino, 1-1 prototypes were made in steel and tested for strength, stability, and robustness by applying weights. Besides size revisions for tops, adjustments were made to the triangle table to increase its stability. Also, the square table base was revised to use a closed line instead of open ends to reduce vibrations due to steel elasticity.

CHALLENGE:
The most challenging part of the design is maintaining homogeneity across the three table shapes so they form a true family, while allowing each table to fulfill its role in representing its geometric shape. In addition to these two constraints, the tables need to meet their functional requirements of stability and robustness as well as satisfy the aesthetical aspect of the design.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-23 23:25:39

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Rita Kettaneh, Set of Crystal Tables, 2018.
Image #2: Rita Kettaneh, Set of Diamond Crystal Tables, 2018.
Image #3: Rita Kettaneh, Set of Square Crystal Tables, 2018.
Image #4: Rita Kettaneh, The Diamond Crystal Table Disassembled, 2018.
Image #5: Rita Kettaneh, Crystal Tables in a Living Room, 2018.


PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Rita Kettaneh, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
KRAY Studio

PROFILE:
KRAY Studio was launched in Lebanon in 2018 by Rita Kettaneh in order to commercialize her designs and bring her furniture collections into the market. A young and ambitious brand, KRAY Studio is keen on taking bold steps as it ventures into the furniture industry. Its designs echo the founder’s vision for meaning and beauty and they ignite connections between the furniture pieces and their users.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Crystal Tables by Rita Kettaneh is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Crystal Tables by Rita Kettaneh is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2017 - 2018.

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