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This Nature-Inspired Table Mimics The Wings Of A Beetle

Radhika Dhumal is a furniture designer and a Master’s student at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Looking at the designer’s projects, it becomes clear that she isn’t afraid of non-traditional designs that might surprise you with their ingenuity. Just take this unique beetle-shaped table that Radhika created a little while ago. The designer calls it Elytra and says it was inspired by the movement of the wings (elytra) of a beetle. And don’t think that the table’s unique shape is just a gimmick – the “wings” of the table can actually be opened to add extra space!

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Furniture designer Radhika Dhumal has created a unique table inspired by the wings of a beetle

“‘Elytra’ is designed in a way that allows the user easy access to the table top because of its non-static nature,” writes the designer.

The “wings” of the table can be extended to create more space

Radhika describes the table as “a biomimetic, dynamic furniture piece that is an interactive table that intrigues the user and is a perfect conversation starter over a cup of coffee!”

The designer says that the wooden texture was “an absolute delight to work with”.

Radhika’s Elytra table has even won her a three-week scholarship in the Istituto Marangoni fashion and design school in Milan!

Sadly, even though most of us would love to have such a unique piece of furniture in our homes, it doesn’t look like the Elytra table is up for sale.

Radhika even shared her concept sketches


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Universität Stuttgart Uses Robotics and Biomimicry to Create an Outdoor Event Pavillion

Researchers from Universität Stuttgart in Germany look to a sea creature and advanced digital timber-fabrication methods to construct an event pavilion called Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show.

A group of 18 researchers and craftsmen led by Universität Stuttgart professors Jan Knippers, a structural engineer, and Achim Menges, an architect contributed to the project. “A biomimetic approach to architecture enables interdisciplinary thinking,” says Menges.

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Buga Wood Pavilion took 13 months to develop, and 17,000 robotically milled finger joints and 2 million lines of custom robotic code to build.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

To create the Buga Wood Pavilion for a horticultural show in nearby Heilbronn, Germany, researchers at Universität Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction and its Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design developed a robotic-manufacturing platform to CNC-cut geometric panels and form a segmented timber shell.

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Composed of spruce laminate, a rubber waterproofing layer, and a larch plywood exterior, the individual segments were fabricated at Müllerblaustein Holzbauwerke, a local workshop. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

Working on boom lifts, craftsmen assembled the structure on-site over 10 days. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The 376 segments were joined via steel bolts. 

Photography courtesy of Universität Stuttgart.

The pavilion’s form is based on the exoskeleton of the sea urchin. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Buga’s form echoes the surrounding land­scape of  Sommerinsel, one of the 15 sites that the biennial Bundesgarten­schau takes place this year. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

The combination of spruce, rubber, and larch plywood make the installation acoustically sound. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

Fully assembled, the pavilion spans 104 feet and reaches 23 high.

Photography by Roland Halbe.

It is hosting concerts, lectures, and workshops through October 6, when it will be disassembled for future use. 

Photography by Roland Halbe.

LEDs illuminate the shell at night. 

> See more from the July 2019 issue of Interior Design

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