Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Aardvark in the Room

Aardvark TableUnlike the elephant in the room, the Aardvark is something we do want to talk about. Kat Nouri, owner of Modern-Twist, recently commissioned us to design a dining/conference table for her new Emeryville office. Here’s what happened…

We had been spending a lot of time prototyping and refining our Snick coffee tables. We had also been working on new designs for our PALLETproduct line. Like a late night lab experiment, chromosomes from the two were combined and a new breed of dining table was born. The base is inspired by Snick in its construction and the top is a variation of PALLETform using maple wood from shipping pallets. The silhouette’s likeness to one of the most intriguing ant-eating creatures on the planet is what inspired us to name it Aardvark. We’re happy enough with this beast that we are willing to clone it.

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Making a Prototype

We have been working on adding coffee tables to the Snick series.  The original is a 48″ square.  The base is patinated steel and the top is made from reclaimed Douglas Fir with a char finish (blog post to come on various finishes).  We also offer this table with a glass top.  However, after studying the original base, we decided that the dimensions used for a solid wood top were not working with a glass top.  When you are designing with simple forms, proportions have to be right.  If we note that proportions aren’t right, we start making prototypes. 

Our prototype process begins by creating numerous drawings, all with subtle varitations of form and proportion.  After narrowing it down to two or three drawings, we start making full-scale physical mock-ups.  The mock-ups are essential to selecting the final dimensions.  With the Snick series, we found that our intuition was right–the table base needed a bit more visual weight when paired with a glass top.   

Having found our golden proportions we recently finished the glass-top Snick: Rectangle.  It can be seen at the new Modern-Twist office/ showroom in Emeryville.  Photos will be online soon.  

Also, check back soon to see our new dining table that combines variations of a Snick base and a PALLETform top.

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