Mensa table collection by Lazerian


London Design Festival 09: Manchester design studio Lazerian have created a collection of tables consisting of modular, birch plywood components supporting glass tops.

The thin pieces of plywood are cut out using a router controlled by a computer, and joined using bolts and wing-nuts.

Mensa Collection by Studio Lazerian 222

The tables build on a structure developed for the studio's earlier Light Modulator project (see our previous story).

Lazerian will launch the collection at 100% Design in London this month.

More about Lazerian on Dezeen:

The Minerals Collection
Light Modulator

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Mensa table collection

Lazerian’s experimentation with plywood over the past two years has culminated in the creation of a new collection of furniture.

Starting from a hands on exploration of plywood, Richard Sweeney and Liam Hopkins created a series of models with various connecting methods, including bolting and self-interlock.

With the use of a CNC (computer numerically controlled) router, these models were further advanced to find structural forms capable of supporting weight.

From this process emerged a distinctive collection of furniture, which makes use of both raw and laminated birch plywood.

The designs emphasise the importance of material to Lazerian- the basis of a design starts with the material itself, and efforts are made to incorporate the unique features of the material into the design, and to fully integrate methods of hand craft with new manufacturing technologies.

Posted on Monday September 14th 2009 at 1:02 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Andi

    Looks like too much of an effort to hold just a piece of glass.

  • Radley

    While these tables are beautiful, it seems like a cop-out to spend so much time on the support structures only to finish them by just putting a glass top on them. I think this Modular system could have a more interesting application than a table. Bravo none the less!

  • Elegant, the low table especially.

  • Very good idea, but the higher table looks brittle. . .I will afraid put something on it. :)

  • Very nice design, original forms. I like it!

  • tanya telford – T

    i kind of agree with Radley re: the glass, tables would be even better with more thought out tops – I like the low one, but with the taller ones the glass seems slightly unconvinceing, (it could just that the proportion is slightly out),

  • modular

    the low table is wicked. the high table seems to forced.

  • slater

    I think some of you are missing the point, the base (structure) is the intended highlighted part of these tables. If the tops were any thing else (comples shapes, non-translucient, etc.) I think that these tables would loose their impact. As a furniture designer/craftsman I have to say I think these are innovative and elegant…but that is just my opinion. This also looks like a really fun and challengeing excersize in playing with the thin and almost unstable forms. I may have to give it a go myself…

  • With all the intricate interplay going on beneath the class top I wonder how much visual interference that would have on anything placed actually on the table.

  • M

    The contruction has a great honesty to it and it works very well. I think it is a shame to have the added support structure in the low-table. It destroys the point of using this constuction method or form generation to support a table top (something that the other 2 do very well)

  • tanya telford – T

    ive just re looked at the tallest table again, initially i found it too awkward, but now im seeing that its awkwardness might be due to the seemingly weightyness of the glass against the seemingly fragile table structure…. which is kind of interesting, from this perspective i like it much more.

  • X

    Looks like David Trubridge lamps and furniture without a good finish. Especially the rods of the low table and the connection (none, actually) between the “leg system” and the glass top.
    how do you manage not to lose too much material?
    why not designing a clever clip (if not existing yet) that would avoid to bold for ages?

  • Very nice. Somewhat similar to the huge screen U2 have been using on their 360 tour.

    Oh and nice to see Dezeen featuring some Mancunian talent!

  • wow great comments for some really nice designs. My first impression was as M said. I feel the added steel structure in the low table distracting. I wonder how stable they are. Ross Lovegrove’s “Gingko Table” was at design Miami. I thought it was a fantastic design until I touched it. It was one of the most wonky tables I’d ever touched.

    I sometimes get tired of renderings. They are no substitute for an actual prototype.

  • SB

    i quite like the low table bet i have to say it’s a pity about the compromise of the supporting shafts. that aside good work.

  • bagelwithcreamcheeseplease

    X Says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    Looks like David Trubridge lamps and furniture without a good finish.

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