Cosmic Table

The cosmic table was designed as a kids table, or side table for a small living space. The table conveniently stores any items inside the dome compartment and can even act as a lamp when a light source is applied inside of it.

The cosmic table was a product of mixed media explorations, trying to incorporate styrene with solid wood in an elegant, and purposeful way. I was drawn to vacuum forming and found that I could integrate the process into the table. I did some samples with the vacuum former until I resolved the form and then chose an appropriate hardwood to compliment the white styrene.

Once the form was finalized it was time to produce the parts for the table. I drew out my measurements and a silhouette to turn on the lathe for the legs. The frame and lid was constructed from solid ash, and the legs were mounted with live tenons. The styrene dome was adhered with epoxy.

The project turned out to be very playful and got people engaged to try and use the table, and interact with it. This design taught me about different construction methods and how they can affect the final result and quality.

Lina Esslinger

Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1996, I have lived in various cities throughout Europe, and North and South America (Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Miami, Lausanne). I became interested in design at a young age and pursued my powerful aspiration by remaining involved in topic-specific art classes throughout middle and high-school, and via several extracurricular programs to enrich my studies, such as technical drawing, painting, photography, and architecture. After my acceptance in 2014 to RISD, I vigorously continue to enhance and hone my skills and techniques as an Industrial Design major with an interest in Furniture Design.