The Gingko Carbon Table by Ross Lovegrove

A leaf-like structure that seems grown rather than constructed
Ross Lovegrove, Gingko Carbon Table (2007)

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Ross Lovegrove, Gingko Carbon Table (2007)

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Ross Lovegrove, Gingko Carbon Table (2007)

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Ross Lovegrove, Gingko Carbon Table (2007)

4 / 4 Ross Lovegrove, Gingko Carbon Table (2007)

At first glance the piece might appear to float like a black leaf elevated from the weight of gravitational forces - alert and strangely soft/ridged in form.

This soft/ridged state is a unique condition that emulates the way that natural forms grow and evolve in space. It is a result of a constant search for evolutionary refinement, a trace of 'Immaculate Conception' whereby total harmony between material, technology and form is the ultimate goal. Advances in materials science and the methods by which we manufacture structures today via digital transfer of data is giving rise to higher degrees of insight into the nature of form. Its purpose and its incredible potential is to help us define the shape of the emerging man-made world around us.

The commercial environment that commission’s design would never justify such investment because it is the antithesis of popular culture with all its cultural capital locked into a limited edition that is finite.  The result in its organicity and minimalism is a personal objective that helps us push the potential of design, its process, lightness and poise to a point that can always be referenced back to the age in which we live.

This piece can only be made today via an understanding between the artist, the generator of the data, the composites engineer and the ultimate commitment of the aerospace fabricator to work at the apex of contemporary knowledge in this field. This by definition makes this work rare and each individual piece has its own code of DNA in its complexity.

The physical presence of The Gingko brings out our deep primordial subconscious memory of FLORA and the beauty of leaf like structures reinforced by the carbon black, its depth and resonance of the base substance of life.

Appearing grown rather than constructed as a single holistic entity, it is indeed the product of a rigorous form creation strategy, the invisible inner core in itself being a piece which has been redrawn and refined over and over to ensure the total integrity of the piece.

If one studies the form in the way two skins interact to flow from the vertical to the horizontal, exchanging structural load one will see that in doing so a point on the floor will flow upward to create a tri-petal table surface of almost perfect proportions.

The central creasing, a phenomena integral to Nature's logic, has been employed to distribute the forces and to create a convergent focus of structural logic that will become the genesis for subsequent concepts in this series.

This is a discovery with enduring potential, keyed into our growing need for the economic use of materials and the emergence of composite fibre technologies for their bespoke applications in all manner of products.


Ross Lovegrove

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