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Screwless Side Tables

Alexandre Pain's 'Dock' is Held Using Ropes and Dowels

— November 29, 2011 — Art & Design
Alexandre Pain has designed a quirky table that is held together using only dowels and elastic bands called 'Dock.' The dowels also double as the table's legs, with the elastic bands providing the tension needed to keep the entire project together.

After seeing 'Dock,' you have to wonder what other types of furniture could successfully be designed using this low-tech approach. Putting together furniture is always a pain, no matter how helpful and animated the instruction booklet is. A whole line of furniture designed like Alexandre Pain's 'Dock' would be a God send to those (myself included) who often spend hours going from step one to step 10. In addition to being easier to make, a line of 'Dock' furniture would also be more eye-catching. After all, it's not everyday you see a table or chair held together by rope.
Trend Themes
1. Low-tech Furniture Design - With the success of Alexandre Pain's 'Dock', low-tech furniture design is a trend worth exploring further, which can utilize unconventional methods of joining furniture parts.
2. Ease-of-assembly Furniture - Designing a whole line of furniture like 'Dock' could address the common issues of time-consuming assembly processes and complex communication of instruction manuals.
3. Sustainable Furniture Design - Using elastic bands and ropes instead of screws and glue can pave the way for sustainable furniture design, which can use biodegradable and eco-friendly materials that could be reused further.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Manufacturing Industry - By adopting this innovative design method, the furniture manufacturing industry can leverage new materials, manufacturing technologies, and production methods to create affordable and easy-to-assemble furniture for different market segments.
2. Sustainable Product Design Industry - By using simple and sustainable methods, low-tech furniture design can influence an entire industry to rethink their production and sourcing policies to create more eco-friendly and sustainable products.
3. Home Decor and Interior Design Industry - With its unique and eye-catching design, a line of low-tech furniture like 'Dock' can inform and inspire professionals and enthusiasts of home decor and interior design to create new trends in furniture and home decor design.
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