Studio801's Lexham bedside tables are a pair of privately commissioned bespoke objects tailored to reflect their clients interest in Op Art (optical art).
Says designer Mike Kann, "The use of acute angles to form the legs creates a forced perspective from certain angles, while the digitally crafted inlay work creates the illusion that the flat tiered sections are warping."
The tables are fabricated from Corian, a material that was specified for it's tactility and versatility in manufacture. The versatility allowed for the use of a CNC mill on the horizontal surfaces to create spaces for the inlay of 137 pieces of thermochromic liquid crystal sheet, laser cut to size and shape.
As well as the optical effect of warping, the inlay work helps to create responsive surfaces through the use of thermochromic sheet. This temperature sensitive material goes through a colour spectrum from deep red to dark blue to indicate temperature changes in the range of 29° to 34° and is triggered by direct sources like cups of tea, and indirect sources such as the ambient temperature.
Photos: Jo Russell Photography