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Chinese Architecture-Inspired Tables

The Dougong Table by Mian Wei Features No Screws

— February 17, 2020 — Art & Design
The Dougong Table is a furniture piece designed by Boston-based Mian Wei as a table that takes the traditional namesake Chinese architecture aesthetic into account for a no-fuss construction process. The table requires no screws to be assembled, but instead utilizes a series of grid-like design to provide a strong foundation that doesn't skimp on complex style. A series of bracket connectors allow beams to be slid through to create the weight-bearing base, which allows it to be erected without tools for a fuss-free user experience.

The Dougong Table was explained by Wei who said, "This project, on the one hand, tries to go back to the root to reinvestigate the practicality and scalability and bring new life to the ancient tradition. On the other hand, the project seeks to explore new aesthetic possibilities of the structure with modern forms and production techniques."

The table is the winner of the Silver A’Design Award in the homeware and furniture category.
Trend Themes
1. No-fuss Furniture - The Dougong Table's construction process that requires no screws presents opportunities for developing more furniture designs that can be easily assembled without tools.
2. Grid-like Design - The use of a series of grid-like design in the Dougong Table opens up possibilities for integrating this aesthetic into various other products, such as shelving units or room dividers.
3. Ancient Tradition Revival - The Dougong Table's aim to bring new life to ancient Chinese architectural traditions presents opportunities for creating modern furniture pieces that incorporate traditional design elements.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Manufacturing - The Dougong Table's innovative construction process without screws has the potential to disrupt the furniture manufacturing industry by introducing more efficient and user-friendly assembly methods.
2. Homeware - The no-fuss assembly and intricate style of the Dougong Table can disrupt the homeware industry by setting a new standard for furniture design that blends functionality with traditional aesthetics.
3. Design and Architecture - The use of Chinese architectural-inspired design in the Dougong Table can spur innovation in the design and architecture industry, inspiring new projects that integrate traditional elements with modern production techniques.
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