This post is for anyone who thinks wood isn’t a contemporary and sustainable cutting-edge material that offers infinite scope for designers to create striking, eco-friendly products.
London-based Benjamin Hubert has designed the world’s lightest timber table as part of an internal studio research project into lightweight constructions. It has since been nominated for the Design Museum’s ‘Designs of the Year’ 2014.
The ‘Ripple’ table is 2.5 metres long, 1 metre wide, and weighs just 9 kilograms. It uses 70-80% less material than your standard timber table, and can be assembled and manoeuvred by a single person. It also looks beautiful.
The table is made from corrugated plywood that is incredibly lightweight but still very strong. The top surface is corrugated plywood overlaid by a flat sheet, and the A-frame legs are a sandwich construction of two corrugated plywood layers.
Ripple will be launched at Aram Store during London Design Festival in September as part of Benjamin Hubert’s inaugural UK solo exhibition, Antecedents.