Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Milan 2012: the 400 wooden slats of this table top by Mauricio Affonso allow it to expand, contract and fan out into a full circle.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

It has a birch base with gate legs that fold out or tuck away as it changes shape.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

The Fan Table is on show at Ventura Lambrate as part of Paradise, a show of work from the Royal College of Art in London.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

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Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Here are some more details from Affonso:


Mauricio Affonso’s Fan Table will be exhibited during the Milan Furniture Fair in Ventura Lambrate as part of the Paradise exhibition organised by the Royal College of Art, 17-22 of April, 2012.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

The Fan Table explores the role of tables as the infrastructure for social interaction. The surface can freely expand, contract and revolve in an effortless fan like movement of the hand.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Mauricio Affonso is interested in designing with a deep understanding of the situations in which furniture find themselves in the world. In this case, he was driven by the idea of investigating the reciprocity between table and context.“Furniture can be quite limited sometimes,” explains Affonso, “I wanted to move away from the table as an static object and create a self-transforming table that can spontaneously adapt itself to play a new role in the fabric of a situation.”

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Hence, the Fan Table can be quickly transformed into an array of different shapes and sizes to suit its context or use.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

The table surface is created from over 400 slats that rests on a geometric base both in which are constructed out of birch wood.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Paradise features the work of Royal College of Art students selected by Professor and Head of Design Products Programe Tord Boontje and tutor Onkar Kular.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

“PARADISE contemplates the discovery of something or somewhere more wondrous. Rallied by the desire for change and compelled by a dissatisfaction with the present, RCA students author their own atlases of Paradise, landscaped by different paths in the quest for a better future.”

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Brazilian-born Canadian designer Mauricio Affonso began his career after earning a degree in Industrial Design from OCAD University. While based in Toronto he also worked as Creative Lead for home accessories company Umbra.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Mauricio has shown his work internationally and has been featured in many major design publications worldwide. He has also participated in numerous design workshops led by acclaimed designers such the Campana Brothers and Patricia Urquiola to name a few.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate

Mauricio has recently relocated to London where he is pursuing a Master of Arts degree from the renowned Design Products program at the Royal College of Art.

Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso at Ventura Lambrate