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Raymond

2010
Aluminium cast legs, Solid wood / Reclaimed wood

Raymond has started as one of my projects made for the RCA graduation show, and is an ongoing project. Raymond is a table made of wooden boards and metal cast legs – a result of the reduction of a table into its essence, its basic components. These components are held together using a simple jointing method based on two wooden wedges that allow easy assembly and disassembly. This method offers an open system which enables a range of possible formations and compositions responding to different environments and spatial requirements.>>>

The work of Raymond Queneau, co founder of the twentieth-century French literature and philosophy group – OuLipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), inspired me in this project. Raymond pays an homage to Queneau’s Hundred Thousand Billion Poems (1961), a set of ten sonnets each separated into component lines, all of which can be combined with any other to form 1014 poems. Like the sonnets, Raymond table also allows many different variations in ‘writing’ or ‘composing’ the object from few elements. This open method allows me to keep expanding the Raymod series without repeating the same table composition twice.

Raymond is currently self-manufactured for the Tollman’s stores in Israel, Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan and for the RCA Design Products Collection.