Columbus Table for MANIERA, Brussels
2018 - Brussels, Belgium
The Columbus Table is a small side table produced for the Brussels Design Gallery MANIERA in 2018. The design consists of a 6mm thick aluminum plate that is cut, bent twice and powder coated in bright yellow; at the bottom, 3 rubber feet are added to make the object float above the floor surface. PRODUCTORA seeks to design a furniture element that engages with their immediate context: the object (based on a 3/4 circle) complements architecture or larger furniture such as beds or sofa's by embracing their exterior corners.
The project continued the research from 2017, when MANIERA invited PRODUCTORA to produce an installation for Exhibit Columbus 2017, the inaugural architecture and design festival in the small Midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. PRODUCTORA inserted a series of circular elements along Washington Street, highlighting the town's rich history of modern architecture by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Venturi, Roche & Dinkeloo, Girard, and many more… Each of the concrete cylinders with a mirror-polished brass or stainless steel top, interacted in a different way with the surrounding context, highlighting different stories, narratives and agents involved in the socio-historic composition of the streetscape. The installation embodied many of the concerns at PRODUCTORA, whose geometric, straight edged and sometimes brusque architectural proposals, are always steered by contextual concerns: the work is there in order to reshape the world around it. See project Columbus Circles.
After a preview in Milan, the project was presented at MANIERA in Brussels in May 2018 in a duo-exhibition with the Italian architects Piovenefabi. Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston wrote a text for the show