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Made from a single piece of recycled kraft cardboard, Kaleido is portable, ready-to-assemble furniture that can be folded into shape as easily as a paper box. The structure is derived from investigating the elemental form of the equilateral triangle.  Incisions are introduced at the corners not only for ease of handling, but also to provide a glimpse of the structure within.

Kaleido can be used singularly or in numbers, creating patterns of seating and open surfaces for large gatherings. It is introduced for Places for People 2017, a campaign organized by City of Vancouver Downtown Planning, as multipurpose, temporary street furniture that are economical to make and easy to store. Its multifaceted form draws parallels between the ever-changing reflections within a kaleidoscope and the different projections of city life.

 

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Commissioned by: City of Vancouver
Project Team: Imu Chan | Alek Rokosz | Olivia Alvarez | Paul Grawitz
Photographs by: Imu Chan
Graphics by: Alek Rokosz

 

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To connect the multitude, one needs a point of reference – a landmark, a conversation topic, a shared idea. In designing the Connect Table, we create this point of reference to facilitate the rendezvous, a common ground where spontaneous exchange takes place. Materials and finishes are understated and authentic due to our natural inclination to be drawn to something real.  Supported on three legs, the unadorned piece has a persona somewhat between a coffee stand and a dining table, to foster undefined, casual encounter.

The Connect Table is a collaborative project between FSOARK and Barter Design Co., a company that embraces well-crafted objects and nature-inspired lifestyles.

 

 

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A furniture is by nature a sojourner in space – an object meant to be handled and displaced. In the desk project, we are interested in the ambivalent relationship a displaced furniture conjures to its surround, that is faintly reminiscent yet intriguingly remote. Through a series of design exploration specific to our architectural projects, we arrive at the conjecture where we may simultaneously contextualize and detach an object by first perceive it as a fragment of its host. Our approach recalls the child’s act of tearing out a corner from a sheet of paper and folding it into a miniature figure.

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Designed by: FSOARK
Crafted by: WoodReform
Photographed by: Sven Boecker

 

 

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