Magneto Table by Yiannis Ghikas
Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas has created the magneto table using only the invisible power of magnets. The piece can be assembled and disassembled without the need for extra tools. All the components are connected by this unusual type of structural support. Stability is achieved by placing the right parts next to each other, as well as the integrated sockets.
I have always been attracted by magnets. Attempting to use them in my design work has just been a matter of time. Considerations about the harmfulness of magnets in relation to electronic devices and heart pacemakers have been taken into account.
This project is the first evidence of my effort to create a stable structure using the invisible magnetic power as the main way of connection between the different parts of the construction. To create a structure that can be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools. Just the placement of the right parts next to each other, aided by the existence of sockets and projections and of course the magnetic power, is enough to ensure the strength and the stability of the construction.
Further research and experimentation on technical and aesthetical matters like the size and power of the magnets, the size of the structure (height, width etc.), alternative shapes (triangle, rectangle, five sided polygon), the use of different materials and a combination of them can lead to an expanded family of truly versatile products.
Alternatively the same structure can be achieved using maybe less magic and more conventional methods (screws) but eventually resulting exactly the same look and the same characteristics of a product that can be easily assembled and disassembled and shipped occupying the minimum space.
[divider] About Yiannis Ghikas [/divider]
Yiannis Ghikas was born in Athens Greece. With his background encompassing Computer Science alongside Design, he employs functionality as the ultimate purpose of his designs while explores their potential emotive responses. He sees design as a process of satisfying needs either tangible or intangible.
His “Monarchy” stool has received the red dot design award (2009). He has worked with companies like feld(Belgium), Objekten(Belgium), miniforms(Italy), convex(Greece), the Industrial Gas Museum/Athens. His work has been exhibited internationally.
photos courtesy of nikos alexopoulos