Products made with engineered timber from Solid Floor
Solid Floor has been supplying and installing bespoke timber flooring for over twenty-five years. Acclaimed in equal measure for the variety and distinctiveness of its floors, Solid Floor is frequently specified by many of the UK’s leading architects and designers.
For SDT23, Solid Floor has gathered a selection of designers from diverse fields and crafts and given them a unique task. The assignment, handed to this talented crew, was to design and create novel objects utilising discarded bits – leftovers and offcuts from installations – of Solid Floor’s luxurious timber flooring. While generally considered waste on the one hand, this material has inherent beauty, not to mention many uses, on the other.
The exhibition’s objective is to make use of waste flooring material that would otherwise be thrown away, via new-designed objects that not only showcase the beauty of the different timber floors with their various textures and colours but also reveal the ingenuity of the designers themselves.
It is Solid Floor’s desire, through the exhibition, to forge long-term relationships with a community of designers who can use this waste flooring on a regular basis as a medium for their art.
Event Details: https://www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com/events/re-create/
Dates: 16 -24 September 2023
Address: Solid Floor East Showroom, 7a Ezra Street, E2 7RH
As part of ‘Re-create Exhibition’, organized by Solid Floor, an engineered timber company in London, we collaborated with them to create side and coffee tables. The tables are sourced from their off-cut floor timbers, combined with desert sand infused Studio Sahil glass tiles and steel legs, which are all made locally in London. We wanted to bring attention to repurposing materials, keeping out carbon footprint to minimum by designing with minimal excess material and in local workshops.
The coffee table invites an audience to reconnect with nature through haptic feedback of wood and sand textured surfaces. The side table is suitable as a magazine holder, pulled next to a sofa to be efficient in cosy living spaces without compromising elegance. Glass tiles on both tables function as trivets for hot containers. All components can be taken apart for repair and care as to bring attention to our natural resources and caring for longevity of objects.
The coasters carry a patter of an espresso pod packaging sleeve in two designs: upright and diagonal. This is to remind people that single use packaging, offcut wood and even the dust from the machining can be useful in design details. As coasters meant to protect surfaces, it can be also served as a game tool (tic-tac-toe) and start a conversation using the pattern on these items. All coasters are CNC machined in a local workshop, hand treated by the designer and the dust from the machining was used for the glue process of the side tables.