Ramus, latin for 'tree branch', combines the strengths of carbon fibre with the structural advantages that can be found in the branch of a tree.
The Ramus M1 is a desk with a transparent glass top and a supporting structure underneath with tree-like limbs that support the top. Designer Il Hoon Roh claims the bifurcating structure maximises the table's structural capacity and strength.
It's the latest development and creation in the designer's long-term study of efficient forms found in nature, a passion to design works with an architectural concept and "a natural method" that maximises a material's potential.
The Ramus M1 is made of carbon fibre, the same material used in fighter jets, F1 cars and space shuttles. Precision-engineered aircraft grade aluminium alloy and stainless steel components were also utilised. It's also part of a modular system with future expansion and modification of the design in mind.
"The Ramus M1 project was an international collaboration." says Il Hoon Roh. "For over two years, [we've] collaborated with an Italian mathematics/software company, TSI s.r.l., to calculate optimum overall geometry, a UK manufacturing company, Penta Patterns (which is also involved in manufacturing McLaren F1 cars), to create a master pattern by using advanced CNC technology, and a South Korean composite material specialist, Inno Comtech, for carbon fibre."
The first module of the Ramus series M1 will be presented to the public at Salone Satellite during Milan Design Week 2013. Via MOCO Submit.