ARTS & CRAFTS
Upcycled & Of Rope And Wood by Rima Khatib
Since the beginning of my work as a furniture designer, I have sought to reduce the ecological impact of my activity, by choosing to use natural, as well as, waste raw materials, while avoiding polluting products.The Upcycled collection of furniture and lamps is produced from scrap wood and composite boards recovered at the workshop, frosted empty glass jars from restaurants, as well as, used plastic bags fused into translucent thin plates. The new table from the Rope and Wood collection is part of my efforts to reduce the consumption of raw materials in my pieces, while seeking another structural logic in the design and assembly of the pieces. As with a suspension bridge, the use of cables allows the reduction in mass and volume of the bridge, which would have been otherwise much heavier, if built in the traditional way. Here, with this table, the idea is to use the tension of the rope to allow the various plywood parts of the furniture to be set in place without resorting to the use of glue or screws. This concept also helps meet the needs of a nomadic generation, and the new mode of purchasing which allows this piece of furniture to be delivered flat and be easily assembled by the buyer without tools. At the symbolic level, the alliance of the rope with the wood represents the alliance of flexibility and lightness with solidity and heaviness, opposites that are both necessary. A new design research trac that will lead to a different aesthetic freedom in terms of curves and shapes possible with this technique still at the beginning of its exploration.