At university, I was inspired by designer-makers and manufacturers who have been able to professionally combine craft with rapid prototyping, an ambition I will always strive towards. So I set the brief myself, to pin point the necessity of skilled craftsmanship making within today’s digital era.
The entire design was inspired by my desire to laser engrave onto a table top surface. I kept coming back to nocturnal map images focusing on satellite images of London. Choosing one I became fascinated with the concept of recreating this detailed map within a wooden table top. Having experimented with a variety of materials and hardwoods, I found maple was the ideal material to use due to its subtle and close grain. The reason for selecting London as the city image was predominantly due to the recognisable light map. The darker sections in the image, such as the river Thames and the M25 are clearly visible once laser etched into the hardwood.
Once I was confident I could achieve this process, I used the concept of the light map to inspire the design for the table legs. I took inspiration from an ordinary British electrical pylon, and through an original use of the CNC router I was able to give the wooden legs the mechanical industrial aesthetic I hoped for. Due to this I imagine the walnut legs (the pylon) are the source of electricity powering the city lights on the table top. The brass fixings compliment the hardwoods and balance the aesthetics.