• Slide.

    Slide is a contemporary coffee table design inspired by children’s sliding puzzle games and the need to organize items always left out.

  •       Four square tubular legs lead vertically from the ground to an unusual wooden top, partially inset into the matte steel structure. Several containers hang underneath the architecture, each at a different size and depth. Thin acrylic rectangles of a slightly opaque white are tiled onto the horizontal surface, held in place by a frame of pale ash. Five mysterious pops of light blue hazily emanate through, seeming to implicate something hidden beneath.
     
           With a light push, the pieces slide, glide, and shift in a sequential pattern, creating a sensation reminiscent of a childhood puzzle. As a space is filled by one rectangle, consequently a new one is created. Each move is different, leading to another arrangement, another opening, another possibility, and removing any prospect of automatic behavior. A variety of shapes and compositions are created, dependent on the position to which the pieces are relocated.
     
           As a series of moves pushing the tiles sequentially into the right position, a square chamber is revealed beneath them. Just as it seems each secret within the object has been discovered, another compartment revealed contains more than meets the eye. A deeper cavern is exposed, altering assumptions that had already been made of it and leaving the viewer to reconsider their previous thoughts and actions.
  • Materials.
     
          Slide's top is constructed from an ash veneered plywood for its accessibly, light weight, and lack of movement. Each tile which was carefully cut on a router table is made from an opaque acrylic while the base is a lightly brushed steel. 
  • Design process.
     
          Inspiration for Slide came from a consideration of storage needs. After observing and discussing living room spaces with friends and peers, I found an interest in the few items that never seem to be put away. Market research and concept sketching led to the final design.