Sunday, October 4, 2009

Colander Table by Daniel Rohr

I seem to be conflicted over this project by German designer Daniel Rohr. One side of me is amazed at the simple beauty of the piece, while the other side is revolted by the over excessive nature of carving a table out of a solid piece of aluminum.

I find myself asking the question if it is really necessary for something as primitive as a table to be designed and build with such advanced technical means. If you ask me, a table needs to serve a very simple purpose, and I don't feel that this evolution on its design is really doing anything other than over-complicating something that should not be over-complicated.

I would like to hear if any others share a different opinion.

Text from designboom:

the latest project by german designer daniel rohr is the 'colander' table. the futuristic table consists a bowl like form with 909 holes. the project is an experiment, to delete space and material. this opens for the observer an other point of view with a different sense. when objects are placed on top of the table it gives the illusion that they are floating.

via: designboom


Joe Galanti said...

I think there are some problems in this technology: not sustainable, using a lot of energy and resouces, design with no study of the challenge of using the lightness of aluminium. The object is amazing... but all tings are made by the machine.
And how many time to do one piece?

Joe Galanti said...

I'm here an other time to show you a similar solution in wood: ‘Nomad’ table by Jorre van Ast for Arco: see
The blog says: "The ingenuity of the design is concealed beneath the table top where it is virtually invisible"...