form finding, the SEPALtable

Seeking only to transform an metaphoric uncured plane of carbon fiber into a load bearing form, the SEPALchair and SEPALtable utilize matching language of stress resolution commonly found in the stiffened planes of plant structures to resolve two dramatically different functions, the chair and table.  Following is a sequence of photos illustrating the transition of the table from a plane to resolved form.

a plane bound at the edges and released at the corners

a plane bound at the edges and released at the corners

lateral force forming ripples in the plane

lateral force forming ripples in the plane

additive pressure creating displacement in the table plane

additive pressure creating displacement in the table plane

increased deflection of table plane and reflection of pressure at central beam

increased deflection of table plane and reflection of pressure at central beam

force deepening central and diagonal spine

force deepening central and diagonal spine

force exiting through released corners extending legs

force exiting through released corners extending legs

force driven form

force driven form