The mere mention of a space frame gets us excited, which is why we find London-based designer and architect Gustav Düsing's 'space frame' table set so intriguing. Recently graduated from the AA, Düsing developed the project out of research he had conducted as a student (see his 'Dam Project'), taking the concept of the space frame--usually employed only at the largest of scales--and applying it to furniture design. The resultant formal "system" exploits the "adaptive qualities" of the space frame, making it easy to aggregate the pieces into large or small clusters.
Along with the "Space Frame Table" and "Space Frame Table (small), the range is completed by "Chair 23d", which consists of a collapsible frame Düsing based on the natural form of a skeleton. This is evident in the chair's structure, with the central elements that form the back of the chair branching outward into a series of ribs that support the foam seat.
Space Frame Table
The set is made of 18 mm thick birch-plywood panels laser-cut and slotted together in interlocking configurations without the use of glue or screws. When "downsized" the cross-bracing inherent to the space frame structure becomes a diagonal shelving unit where to store books and knickknacks.
Space Frame Table (small)
All photos: Johannes Foerster