Daniel Rohr | Colander
I tried to delete in an optical way material and space, by creating empty spaces between the materials and parts. Due to the form of the bowl with the 909 holes and the on top placed glass plate I created an empty space between the two different materials, intensified by the additional 909 empty spaces in the bowl. Also the thickness of the aluminium has a special size, there are moments that you can look through the 909 empty spaces/holes or not. Therefore the table glass plate vanishes for the nonexcistence of an optical right angle. The mirror polished aluminium corpus with ist reflections now seems to become one with the glass plate.
All this opens for the observer another point of view with a different sense. All objects that are standing on the table glass plate seem to float, created by this optical illusion. Furthermore a detail is the shape of the legs. They have in the cross-section a geometry which is deduced from the pattern of the holes in the table bowl. This gives along the surface of the legs an alternating light- and shadow effect, that makes the legs seem to be out of glass. Designing over 10 years aluminium rims/wheels for the automotive industry, it was a long wish to go for a project with this material. A piece of furniture out of aluminium, without any compromises which are usually specified to a designer by a company, considering production time, costs and the producibility in serial production, which implies to work with bevel of molds on the form of products. So doing the porject on my own, I had all the liberty, possibilties and time to experiment.
Only the complex cnc milling process was the only way to obtain this result without any bevel of mold. There is no other option to receive the same shape and quality without compromises, neither casting. The experiment is a limited edition of 8 pieces + 2 prototypes + 2 artist’s poofs .
Info production loop:
The table colander is produced in a cnc milling process. Starting with a piece of aluminium with the weight of 408 kg – 899 lb for the table plate and 1 massive round aluminium bar for the 4 legs. The complete time line for producing one table from the first milling to the final polishing took round 4 weeks. Limited edition of 8 pieces + 2 prototypes + 2 artist’s poofs.