Zero Waste Table
- Andrew Maynard
It’s a table, but it is also a building unit. A brick all of its own. One can be added to another – side by side, they make a bigger table; but if stacked, a bunk. And it doesn’t just stop there, because you are only limited by your imagination. The mirrored sections of a single template, though simple in form, produce a great complexity in fixing locations – there is no one way of assembling the ZW Table, so the genetics of the table are different every time, much like the way our DNA makes us all unique.
What is the CNC router’s logic, and by its extension what is the material logic of the sheet material that passes through it?
We defined ourselves two simple rules;
Waste nothing. The entire 2400×1200 sheet that is cut by the CNC will be used in the table.
Single cuts only. Typically a CNC routes around the edge of each component. Instead we aimed to have the release of 2 components with each cut. Time of production is halved. Wear and tear on the CNC is reduced to a minimum, drastically extending the life of the tool.
One sheet of plywood measuring 2400mm by 1200mm is cut into a set of unique shapes symmetrical along a central axis, and every single piece can be used to assemble a table. All you are left with is a bag of saw dust which is unescapable from the CNC process. Saw dust is inevitable, but it is not waste. The consumer is obliged to take the entire sheet with them and therefore the consumer takes the sawdust which they can use as garden mulch, cat litter, etc….
The most exciting thing about the ZW table (for me) is that there was no applied aesthetic. The table emerged from the process, from a material logic, without the imposition of decoration.