Trash is good and triangles are strong!

 

Inspired by the growing pile of wood and metal offcuts in his furniture workshop, designer Zach Schlossberg was inspired to make use of the scrap with an experimental table. After settling on an old cracked maple slab for a top, Zach scanned the shop for suitable leg material only to re-discover a pile of offcut 1/8" thick steel rod. Could such puny wire be a suitable base for such a heavy slab!?  

The challenge was on. Drawing from memories of ancient Roman aqueducts and the trellis supports of New York's infamous, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Zach set out to to design a wobble free triangular base using thin scrap steel.

The end result, welded and painted electric blue is a quirky homage to architecture, geometry and sustainability.

 

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A long crack rendered this slab unusable and landed it in the trash. A hand mortised inlay (top right) adds visual interest and structural integrity.

A long crack rendered this slab unusable and landed it in the trash. A hand mortised inlay (top right) adds visual interest and structural integrity.

Spalted maple slab, scrap 1/8" steel round bar, Montana acrylic paint. The BQE table was both designed and fabricated by hand, by Zach Schlossberg with welding by Oblik Studio.