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At first you may think these are structures you lay on the ground and hide under. You wait for children (or old people) to walk by, then with one quick motion rise up like a life-size pop-up book bringing delight and enchantment (or horror) to the children. Architect and Designer Robert van Embricqs is bringing such enchantment with his flat-folding design. Among the mix are tables, chairs and building that begin from a perfectly flat surface then extend into the unimaginable.
Robert van Embricqs
The pieces are practical, useful and hold an elegance that can only be created by such intricate, yet simple, patterns. Taking his inspiration from nature, the furniture literally rises from the ground and comes to life like only folded wood can.
“During the design process, I made a point of sticking as close to nature as possible. Using natural design concepts for inspiration, I studied the various ways in which transformations take place in nature without the cumbersome involvement of man. This inspired the incision pattern in the flat surface of the wood that resulted into the creation of a latticework of ‘woven’ wooden beams that make up the center of the table.”