A Tree-Shaped Table By Wertel Oberfell
Designed by Wertel Oberfell for MGX by Materialise, the Fractal Table was born from the studies on fractal growth patterns. Found in nature, they can be also described with mathematical algorithms, joining grown and organic nature with structured and mathematical quality. Per definition, a fractal is a fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which being a reduced-size copy of the whole. Produced as a single piece in epoxy resin, Fractal Table pushes the manufacturing process to its limits, both in terms of size and complexity. Its structure is based on treelike stems that grow into smaller branches until they get very dense towards the top to form a quasi-surface. To achieve this unique effect, the designers used various CAD programs. Apart from being visually impressive, the project takes into account also such aspects of design as stability and usability.