Art table milled from a 400kg slab of aluminium


What a load of shit.

In the end the preference to a given shape is subjective , but I bet I and many others could design a table that was as aesthetically pleasing but more functional and easer to manufacture than this.

this seems like a waist of such a gorgeous chunk of aluminum i would have rather just had 4 table legs stuck on the original block maybe with some subtle beveling on the edges not only would that have looked for more destinktev and original but it would have been something that didnt look like a cheepo platic garden table but made of metal.


I have to agree with Westy on one thing. I would love me a table made from that single slab of aluminium. Polished, with strong thick, wooden legs on it, it would look amazing.

I would also love a car with a body totally made of polished aluminium instead of paint.


As opposed to the refinement of aluminum from ore, the recycling of aluminum is quite efficient, so it's not that wasteful. Also it's for an art piece.

Was Michelangelo wasteful of the beautiful marble slab when he sculpted David?


>> ^cybrbeast:

@<a rel="nofollow" href="" title="member since July 25th, 2006" class="profilelink">westy
As opposed to the refinement of aluminum from ore, the recycling of aluminum is quite efficient, so it's not that wasteful. Also it's for an art piece.
Was Michelangelo wasteful of the beautiful marble slab when he sculpted David?

well in this instance i think a huge slab of metal with slighty beveld edges would actualy have been more of a spectical than the end product due to the fact its not something we see often.

in the time david was sculpted it would have been the hight of technoligy/ablity to make the human form like that where as now we can work stuff using computers to an unbelievable level of detail its not really a spectical to see something like that formed. ( i mean there is just as much spectical in a CG model as there is in the real world cutting of it)

The thing is the end result of what he did to this table was not something mind blowingly original and the end table is haedly the most practical of tables having a ditch in it. granted for some person some place they would love the form of this table , but i think there are probably thousends of people that given a chance to have there 3d model /cad drawing turned into a phisical object would have ended up with something as nice if not nicer looking but allso more practical.


>> ^cybrbeast:

@<a rel="nofollow" href="" title="member since July 25th, 2006" class="profilelink">westy
I think the table has a flat glass surface.
It's art, it's totally subjective, I think it's beautiful and not that wasteful.
Recycling scrap aluminium requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium

fair enough least its usable lol . thing is i dont not like how it looks I think its just the iniquality of the system that allows artist x to produce something rather than artist y , back in the olden times it was the same as paint was expensive and to have the free time to paint would have required you to have quite some welth in the first place. The thing is now we are at a time where we should not have this inequality I allso think that although yes art is subjective ultimately what happens is like with fashion where its whoever sucks the right dicks , has the most money , is born into the right family gets to be recognized as a sugnificant artist and others without the fortune don't.


IMO Meh, Would of been more impressed if had been a solid block of copper. Also, creating something like this, I can not consider it as art as it looks more like a cheese grater or colander. The Infinite possibilities that could of been done with that block are astounding but they chose to make it look like a kitchen utensil. Art may be subjective but I think a little more use of imagination in this project may have been needed. I also think if you place an object of art in to a room it should draw the eyes to it or at least draw comments. I pretty sure if you put this one in a room people would just think of it as "Another" table.


If they had cast the table into that basic design then cleaned it up afterwards with the CNC, it would have taken a fraction of the power and non-aluminum materials.

I'm also not impressed with the design. For what was done, other than the amount of aluminum discarded, it's pretty basic. I was far more impressed by that motocross helmut someone else did.


I think it's a beautiful piece... of art.
No one would own this as a practical table. If I were Steve Jobs I'd commission one to put my MacBook on.

Yes, it has a glass top.

And the table itself is not 400KG - the original slab block that it was milled from was 400KG. With most of the volume removed from the bowl curve and holes, I'm sure it weighs much less (but still heavy).

All of that "waste" aluminum is easily recycled.


Aesthetically, I, too, would prefer the clean lines of a table closer resembling the aluminum before the whole carving process began.

That said, sometimes what makes something worthy of appreciation isn't so much its final form as it is the knowledge and understanding of how hard it would be to achieve the same result on one's own. For example, I don't care for old fashioned furniture, with all those little details and flourishes. I'm much more of a utilitarian, clean lines kind of guy. But if I come across something with undeniable workmanship, or something I know took a lot of time or special effort to make, I can't help but appreciate it. I just would never put it in my house.


@Payback -- I was thinking the exact same thing about casting. CNC from a billet seemed like a pointless stunt, especially after it was polished to remove any trace of the machining. There weren't any voids or negative shapes that actually made machining necessary.

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