The side table measures 600mm in diameter with a height of 612mm. It has an airy-lightweight feel at the center contrasted by a heavy set grouping at its base.
The name is derived from the numbers that are visibly formed by the structural elements of the piece starting with the very pronounced “7” in the middle and the more stylized “107” can be seen formed at its base through the cavities and configuration.
The concept was taken from the historically well-known count for the number of islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It signifies at the same time both diversity and solidarity of the people most especially felt during the trying times when natural calamities fall upon the country.
Elements of the table can be shaped from treated planks, whether new or reclaimed, and with proper patterning and joinery, should wield enough strength that is generally required for the purposes of a side table; which, if needed, can be enhanced through the addition of a straight stainless round bar that would do little to affect the design should the situation call for it. The finish can either be rough or smooth depending on the preference of the user or whichever material he/she should come across with. This design requires no special hardware and should make for an interesting addition from classic to contemporary settings.
Measuring 1475mm x 500mm x 370mm (LWH), the “Palm” transforms into a horizontal bookshelf from a designed centrepiece within the living room or a multi-purpose accent piece at the end of a bed.
The form is derived from a perfect palm leaf cutout from the main trunk and allowed to rest on both ends: An element of a tree which is synonymous to the tropical paradise that is the Philippines.
Composed of thirteen (13) elements with twelve among them able to alternate between two positions, this dynamic piece offers striking visual character within any space it inhabits.
Stability is achieved through one of the “leaves” acting as a wedge on one of the ends completing both the aesthetic and three prongs of its base.
Locking the positions of the leaf-like elements can be achieved through grooves or through hinges on either side of the spine. On its “bookshelf” form it offers a compact space of about 100mm ideal for hardbound literature between two leaves or longer through strategic folding and unfolding combinations.
Further styling can be achieved by reforming the ends of the leaf elements uniformly with the only restriction of an unchanged core mechanism. The finish is smooth with all the edges chamfered for a comfortable feel during operation.
Annual Visionary Design Competition 2014
September 10, 2020