Belgian designer Renaud Meunier wanted his table to be resolutely respectful of the environment and designed it exclusively from "workshop waste". He called it Sophia (wisdom in Greek), because behind this table, there is a desire to produce ethics and to respect the world in which we live.
The designer began to question the enhancement of those "waste" following the realization of a series of 60 unique frames for the famous Belgian fashion photographer and filmmaker Pierre Debusschere. Sophia was created in order use small pieces of wood that are not usually valued in carpentry workshops.
The implementation of this multitude of small pieces of wood (nearly 200) required craftsmanship excellence, supported by the use of digital tools. Renaud Meunier wants to reconnect with craftsmanship while using the most innovative techniques. It is for him a way of conceiving a sustainable design: by giving birth to objects that will be passed down from generation to generation, which we will take care of because they have an added value, that of the work of man.
The designer has played with shadows and light that he used to contemplated as a child while walking in the forest of his native Ardenne : and worked on the openwork in order to give it a certain lightness and facilitates its integration into various spaces. The elements that make up the tablet adopt different orientations, which makes the structure appear and disappear according to the point of view we adopt, and gives the table a very changeable and lively aspect, in which shadows games also take part of shadow projected on the ground.
Sophia is made of oak wood, a tree that lavishes its wisdom to men ... "a tree of common sense" (J.-M. Leclercq)
Photos © Julien Deceroi
Prototype by Gaël Restaut