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Project Details
Name: Drip
Designer: Emiliano Godoy
Year: 2009
Materials: FSC certified young teak from Proteak
Dimensions: 75 x 210 x 100 cm
Status: IN PRODUCTION by Pirwi in Mexico City
The Drip table is made using small pieces of young teak from sustainably managed forests. During the early years, young plantations produce a great deal of thinning wood. This young wood has a special color, hardness and dampness and is only obtained in small pieces that are normally commercially unviable. The legs are built from strips of different lengths, which reveal the table’s fabrication strategy. Their shape metaphorically addresses the growth of new sustainable forests: the combination of a large number of small parts creates a stable and robust surface.


The initial idea for the Drip table came after several months of thinking about the manufacturer’s unique capabilities and looking for a way to express them by showing their virtues, instead of working around their limitations. Proteak is an amazing company, one of the few I know that works so decidedly on doing business by regenerating the planet. They are converting old farming and grazing grounds, now nutrient depleted and unproductive, into sustainably managed (and FSC certified) teak plantations. When they buy the land, if there’s still some rainforest left they keep it and protect it.


When you start a plantation from scratch you need to plant trees very close to each other, to create the right conditions for the forest to grow in terms of humidity, soil retention, shadow, etc. However, once the trees start to grow you have to cut some of them down to make space available for the rest. This process is called thinning, and it has to be performed every few years in the process of creating a mature and productive forest, and once it reaches a certain point, you only cut mature trees while you wait for the new ones to grow.


During the early years, young plantations produce a great deal of thinning wood. This young wood has special color, hardness and damp features and is only obtained in small formats. Because of this, the wood cannot be distributed and utilized in regular woodworking factories. Other uses must be found for it. Proteak has installed machinery to produce large planks of wood by gluing several smaller pieces.


The Drip table was designed with this in mind. The table uses these large planks and stresses the nature of the small, original pieces though legs built from strips of different lengths. The ideas was to not only reveal the building method but also to place a special value on the individual and small wood pieces, and metaphorically, on the creation of new sustainably managed forests by means of small “uncommercial” trees which by repetition and perseverance produces a stable and robust forest.