Watson Table by Paul Loebach
Premiering at milan design week 2011 in the lambrate district, is ‘some recent experiments’ a collection which focuses on the innovative use of form and material.
Named after james watson, the american scientist famous for discovering the helical structure of DNA, the ‘watson table’ is the result of controlled material experiments. Influenced by english furniture of the late 1600’s, The object features bold, structural legs that are reminiscent of open wood twistings. Made from a wood and carbon composite, the table utilizes the inherent rigidity of carbon as a structural core, creating a symbolic composition of maximum strength with minimal materials.
Paul Loebach was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio amid the industrial landscape of the Midwestern US, where he left to graduate from Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Descended from a long line of German woodworkers, his father is a manufacturing engineer who developed new plastic forming technologies for Union Carbide in the 1970’s. Paul sees his projects as an idealistic fusion of his family’s distant and more recent history.
After graduating from RISD, Paul moved to New York City and established a design studio where he currently works as a consultant, specializing in wood furniture and emerging manufacturing technologies.
Paul writes about his work, “I’m interested in design as the study of form for the basic purpose of giving objects meaning. Design is a semiotic language and must therefore hold a balance between the continuity of recognizable imagery, and the poetic shift of innovation. The future of design is nothing more than an embodiment of the profoundly human need to structure our environment as a reflection of ourselves.”