emiliano godoy: drip table emiliano godoy: drip table
aug 26, 2009

emiliano godoy: drip table

emiliano godoy recently designed the ‘drip table’, which is manufactured by pirwi + proteak. the piece is made from many small pieces of FSC certified thinning teak.

emiliano explains his design:

‘the idea for the drip table came out of several months of thinking about the manufacturer’s capabilities and looking for a way to express them by showing their virtues. proteak are converting old farming and grazing grounds, now nutrient depleted and unproductive, into sustainably managed (and FSC certified) teak plantations. when they buy the land, if there’s still some rainforest left they keep it and protect it.’

‘when a teak plantation is started from scratch you need to plant trees very close to each other, to create the right conditions for the forest to grow in terms of humidity, soil retention, shadow, etc. however, once the trees start to grow you have to cut some of them down to make space available for the rest. this process is called thinning, and it has to be performed every few years in the process of creating a mature and productive forest, and once it reaches a certain point, you only cut mature trees while you wait for the new ones to grow.’

‘during the early years, young plantations produce a great deal of thinning wood. this young wood has special color, hardness and damp features and is only obtained in small formats. because of this, the wood cannot be distributed and utilized in regular woodworking factories. other uses must be found for it. proteak has installed machinery to produce large planks of wood by gluing several smaller pieces.’

‘the drip table was designed with this in mind. the table uses these large planks and stresses the nature of the small, original pieces though legs built from strips of different lengths. the ideas was to not only reveal the building method but also to place a special value on the individual and small wood pieces, and metaphorically, on the creation of new sustainably managed forests by means of small ‘uncommercial’ trees which by repetition and perseverance produces a stable and robust forest.’

dimensions: 75 x 210 x 100 cm

  • Not bad, though the piece looks very similiar to several other designs. And I feel in some of those the conception and follow through were stronger, they were made with offcuts and leftovers.

    GB says:
  • …reminds me of the blockade table by Umbra- Harry Allen…:(

    KK says:
  • I think this is pretty amazing, especially the thinking behind it. Good job.

    Jen says:
  • me gusta muchisimo. hay algun link donde se pueda comprar? saludos

    holguin says:
  • Think it would be better to make it form solid pieces, then make intarsia on it, specialy on a flat top of the table.

    Tebpd says:

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