Plywood Table Design

Y3 Architectural Engineering, October - December 2021

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Project description:

Group Project: Barbara Urmossy, Mahnoor Mufti, Maya Suverna, Marcus Fernandes

Final year architecture and engineering students were randomly assigned groups at the beginning of term and were required to come up with plywood designs not using any other materials. Our group aimed to create a decorative, stand-alone object in itself - that is, we explored the paradox of a mass-produced designer table.

We experimented with ‘curfing’ - cutting patterns into sheets of wood and then bending it. Thus, our final design made use of this technique, which also created interesting light effects.

Our table is to be manufactured at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge next term, our design can be seen at @camarcheng2020gg.





Plywood bending experiments: 1-directional curfing (4 mm and 18 mm thick plywood sheets):

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Dimensions
(we were only allowed to use two 1.2m x 2.4m 12 mm thick sheets of plywood, so the design was optimised to fit this size with the least amount of watse):

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Details that make the design work:

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Assembly from two panels:

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Size reference through section of table:

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Rhino and Grasshopper generated greycard mockup model:

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We experimented with putting lights inside the model:

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Final product in formal even setting (making use of unique lace-like qualities and lighting):

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Possible further direction for project (convex-concave furniture family):

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Mock-up from greycard:

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Further experimentation with multi-directional curfing:

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Check out our process in greater detail on instagram!





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