Fresh Press Paper-Making Table ;
[a mobile table for agri-fiber paper-making]
Champaign, IL | Client: Fresh Press Studio
Fresh Press is an agri-fiber and agri-fiber-waste paper-making labratory at the University of Illinois that explores how a collaboration of farmers, designers, and academics can revitalize a slowly dying manufacturing industry in the Midwest. I was approached to design a table that would replace their existing wooden tables and better relate to the paper-making (water intensive) process at both a small and large scale. This table is unique to the process: a movable table with a porous surface that will collect the water from the sheet-pulling to filter and reuse in attempt to make a closed-loop system that can be scaled up to larger manufacturing. Ergonomically, a pivoting 'step' was added to accommodate people of varying heights so that the work surface was easily within reach.