Transferring the language of geometric abstraction to the universe of outdoor furniture, Argentinian architect Paula Valentini has designed the R24 furniture collection for Gandia Blasco. The collection comprises a low coffee table and a stool, both meant to spruce up your outdoor furniture setup.
Talking of the Low coffee table first, it features an interwoven steel rod structure that forms the body and the base. The table is further topped by extra-clear tempered glass that enhances the overall beauty of the structure. The glass is attached to the steel courtesy of Velcro, hence functioning as a reliable unit.
Next up is the R24 low stool which is an attractive, lightweight, and functional piece of furniture having rigorous symmetry contrasted with the randomness of its handmade production in India. The stool is stackable hence creating a hypnotic kaleidoscopic image, and the perfect complement to the R24 low coffee table, under which it can be placed. The biggest USP of the stool is its customizable feature. Topped by an optional cushion, it is available in an array of colors.
As far as the design process is concerned, the makers have used 5 mm diameter stainless steel rods bent, intertwined, and arranged using a weave to create a continuous, structured pattern.
Paula Valentini says, “the curves that make up the pieces are bent in the same plane. Then, the elements are organized and woven around the absent pyramidal body. The braiding manages to bring the threads into contact with each other and create a two-level mesh that distributes the stresses in a solidary manner.”
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Handcrafted in India, the lightweight furniture collection is interwoven in steel rods and is capable of supporting up to a hundred times its own weight.