Manufacturing

Ripple, Designed by Benjamin Hubert.

One of the assignments that I had in art and design school was to construct a chair using corrugated cardboard as my material. The chair had to be 100 percent cardboard, and it had to hold up to 300 pounds of weight. The reason you could do this is because of the structure of the corrugated materials, which is surprisingly strong compared to it’s weight. The same principal applies to designer   Benjamin Hubert’s Ripple table.

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Ripple is 80 percent lighter than a standard timber table. It uses 70 to 80 percent less material than a standard timber table. Ripple is approximately 8.2 by 3.2 feet in size, yet weighs less than 20 pounds. This size to weight ratio is achieved by constructing the table with bent 3 ply 0.8mm birch aircraft plywood. The top surface is corrugated plywood overlaid by a flat sheet, and the A-frame legs are a sandwich construction of two corrugated plywood layers. This construction  process allows it to be extremely thin, and light yet very strong. It also creates a visually light, airy table with a minimalist aesthetic. Ripple is manufactured by Corelam and available here.

 

Ozone from David D’Imperio.

One of the things I love about technology is how it is helping designers realize and manufacture products that would have been difficult or costly to make just a few years ago. A great example of this is a new lamp from designer David D’Imperio.

Ozone features a stainless steel cluster of discs that are affixed to an aluminum interior structure. The lighting fixture feels airy and weightless, thanks to the manufacturing process, choice of materials and the tight tolerances within the build process. Thanks to the design and manufacturing process, this lamp is available at 6 feet in length or at 50 inches. Even thought the lamp is in many ways huge, the stainless steel canopy is visually very light.

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Ozone Measures approximately 72″ long x 10″H high x 5″ wide or 50″ long x 8″H high x 5″ wide. Power can be connected off-center at multiple points along its length. Suspended on either end via adjustable cables.