The ultimate minimalist design is to design with repetition of components.
We explored how this might work with just one!
I designed this 3 legged side table over 2 years ago now. It was the starting point for what became a much larger overall design philosophy. The goal was to create items of furniture using repeat components, and ideally only one component for the main body of the furniture to produce cost effective designs that could be produced in batches in various finishes with minimum set up costs and reduced production times. This limited approach forces you to really think outside of the box, creating some very unique and yet still extremely functional designs.
Our Sole coffee table is a great example of this simple design approach. On first glance it appears to be a modern looking table with a traditional construction of 4 legs and 4 rails, but closer inspection reveals that this is actually cut by CNC machine and the legs and rail on one side are all part of the same component (as shown in the next image) This is made possible by the radius corners between the rails and legs that both add that modern edge to the design but also enables the part to be cut by the machine which drastically reduces secondary machining and further assembly processes.
The most current (and still in development) piece that I designed using this approach was a stool that is designed to be 3D printed. I am yet to adapt this further as the design still needs refinement but the core principle of rotational symmetry of one component is clearly visible.
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