In a world full of cheap, mass-produced but relatively shoddy furniture made from engineered woods, it's nice to see designers persevering in making pieces from sturdier, solid woods, but also having a bit of fun with it. In creating their handcrafted furniture, architect-designers Gunnar Rönsch and Stephen Molloy of Fundamental obviously love geometry, as one can see with their intricately designed pieces that are based on the "poetry of mathematics."
Visually appealing and tactilely inviting, their "Atlas" table is features interlocked cubes that rotated 45 degrees on two of its axes and sectionally cut or "planed" to reveal triangular patterns. The designers say that
Informed by a fascination with form and repetition, ATLAS is a play on the three meanings that spring to mind, the mountains bordering the sahara, the image of the geographical features on the surface of the planet, and the titan bearing the globe on his shoulders. It's kind of a heoric piece, there's a lot of labour involved, and it's real old fashioned craftsmanship.
Their other pieces are also take on the cool-headed beauty of mathematical precision; like the "Adonis" table which is made of 256 rotated cubes of solid European oak arrayed in a hexagonal shape, and are left intact to create ridged depths.
"Hercules" is the larger and darker oak version; we love how the small details of the surface are made just by planing the tips off of the cubes.
Their "Monroe" side table is apparently "inspired by an inverted root diagram, where each line splits and splits again, until legs have become surface" -- a clever way to functionally translate something quite abstract.
Though there's no mention of whether sustainably certified wood or what kind of adhesives were used, there's nevertheless a lot of great ideas and careful handiwork behind these pieces (one could even imagine them being crafted with timber offcuts). More over at Fundamental.