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Designers concerned with sustainability are refashioning the concept of “less is more” to “more from less”.

Take, for example, the striking 4foldlow table (pictured right) designed by George Rice for Formtank. Like the entire 2d3d group of tables to which it belongs, it has been reverse-designed from a standard-sized sheet of steel in order to optimise yield. Its sophisticated concept traces its roots to the Japanese art of origami. This design approach bears eight tables from one sheet of steel and limits waste to just 3.5 per cent overall, while the intricate forms create the illusion of there being more metal than there actually is.

Meanwhile, a stunning new collection of tables, the Lazerian “Mensa” designs by Liam Hopkins and Richard Sweeney, uses birch plywood components to support glass tops. Thin pieces of plywood are sculpted using a router controlled by a computer. The curvature of the plywood base is reminiscent of a basketball net and the filigree design appears impossibly fine to be able to support the weight of the top. Lazerian will launch the collection at 100% Design in London this month.

Published in the Financial Times

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Written by Magda M Ali

January 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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