The Customer – Alexander Purcell Rodrigues
Alexander Purcell Rodrigues Design is an award-winning interdisciplinary design studio based in Los Angeles. Focused on the future of digital fabrication and generative design, the studio is driven by the diverse creative background and talents of its founder.
The studio undertakes a full range of projects from designing objects and furniture, to art direction and interior architecture with the aim of producing research driven innovative designs that push the boundaries of aesthetics, technology and materials.
Mykon collaborated with Alexander Purcell Rodrigues on the design and manufacture of the Blade – a revolutionary dining table. The elegant clean lines of the Blade table take advantage of the high-strength to weight ratio of aluminium honeycomb and new techniques in fabrication to create an impossibly thin and elegant table that has been reduced to its purest form.
The Blade table’s razor thin, high load bearing honeycomb core allows an 11mm thick top to span 2100mm with no cross bracing. The subtle edge details and delicate reveals combined with an intricately engineered leg assembly create a visual and material tension that forms a compelling impression of a surface that is simply floating in space.
The Blade was launched at 100% Design in 2014, at which Mykon jointly exhibited with Alexander Purcell Rodrigues, in highly polished aluminium, and was proposed to be available with both wood veneer and lacquered tops.