Every year in September, London Design Festival provides an international stage to thousands of individual designers and artists, companies, organizations to present their latest works. This year, British designer Richard Lowry of design studio Lowry London also presented his new works at the Future Heritage exhibition, curated by Corinne Julius, at this year’s London Design Festival. He exhibited paper plastic tables that show immense potential of plastic in making furniture. Though various types of plastic furniture pieces are available in the market, these paper plastic tables consist of fast-curing plastic that becomes hard quickly.
Richard Lowry said;
My work looks at the interaction between the material and the designer. I like to explore the space between the material dictating its own form and me, as the creator, guiding it. These pieces use a plastic that sets rapidly and needs to be worked between its solid and liquid state. This gives a very small window (less than 1 minute) to manipulate the forms before they set.
The paper plastic tables are made from 300gsm watercolor paper, infused with a rapid setting plastic to create strong and lightweight forms. These handmade tables take different shape due to limited time to manipulate its form. According to its designer, this plastic table is able to support high loads whilst remaining extremely light.
At first sight, these paper plastic tables look fragile but they are capable of holding enough weight. The most interesting thing about these tables is their unusual forms that invite you to touch and place your important things. Their quirky shapes are very eye-catching, and thus they are likely to be complemented by your family and guests.