Re(Plicate), a stackable side table. 2012, 1'-2" x 1'-2" x 1'-2"
Plywood with Maple Veneer. Prototype.
The 2012 Furniture group of Johnson Fain, known as RE(+)(#)(*), uses found objects as a governing design parlance. The ‘beginnings’ of my piece builds upon the embodied ‘design energy’ of a Rubik’s Cube. The Rubik’s Cube is a fascinating toy puzzle that embodies the essence of repetition and adjacency relationships. Formally my furniture design is a functional side table and intellectually it explores the notion of plurality within a singular object.
The Rubik’s Cube is a framework for which algorithmic proxy relationships can resolve themselves. The solution to the problem of restoring the Rubik’s cube surface to a solid color is formally observed through color coded squares. If the color is removed from the square the entire premise of the Rubik’s cube is dematerialized. The relatively simple 3 x 3 grid of the Rubik’s Cube becomes overwhelmingly complex through a sequence of twist and turns. The three dimensional nine square that frames the geometries always conceals the central cube. What is within the center of the Rubik’s Cube?
The form of the Rubik’s cube has been 3D printed multiple times and assembled into an erroded cube. Twenty of these cubes, or side tables, have been stacked into a Totem for storage. Each table can be removed from the Totem and used around the house.