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An Algorithm Gives This 3D-Printed Table Countless Permutations

Digital fabrication–with a mind of its own.

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The Rio table seems pretty conventional at first glance. Designed by the architecture firm Studio Integrate for the British furniture brand Morgan, it has a glass top and tapered wood legs.

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But look closer, and you’ll notice a 3D-printed base that joins the two together. That sculptural latticework is made by an algorithm. The algorithm subtly changes the form for every base Morgan fabricates while hewing to a set of parameters for the minimum and maximum thickness of the latticework and ensuring the whole thing is structurally sound. The result is an organic-looking, computer-made design that’s just as unique as a handmade piece.

The Rio table debuted at the London Design Fair earlier this month. Visit morganfurniture.co.uk for more.

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Diana Budds is a New York–based writer covering design and the built environment.

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