Una Side table

Furniture Design Award Winner.
Awarded Golden for Good Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design.

Una Side table
by Conor McDonald

  • Awarded April 15, 2014
  • CLIENT: conor mcdonald creative
  • 3.221

Seamless integration is the essence of the Una table. Three maple forms come together to cradle a tempered glass surface. the product of intense consideration of materials and their capabilities, sturdy yet airy in appearance and incredibly lightweight, Una emerges as the embodiment of balance and grace.

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Conor McDonald

Designer of Una Side table


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Interview with Conor McDonald on Una Side table

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
seamless integration of materials employing the plywood bending process.
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
initially to manufacture the una in short run, eventually licensing the design to a larger entity
Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
the design is not currently being produced. ideally, i’d like to sell the rights to production. in the event that there are no interested parties, my intention is to self-manufacture in short runs.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
i’m greatly influenced by the works of the renowned designers of mid century modern furniture. warren platner, whose process is evident in his outcomes, particularly intrigues me.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
using plywood for the primary structure of the table instead of the surface that the user interacts with, as is commonly the case.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
una is defined in latin as “in one, together”. this reference to the merging of components in order to create a monolithic object defines the una table.

What is the most unique aspect of your design?
the joint that results when the forms are adhered requires an extremely accurate multi-compound cut. the precision required for this cut is the most difficult aspect in manufacturing the piece and what ultimately defines the piece aesthetically, setting it apart from others of similar material. 


Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
i design alone, but work with numerous craftsmen to realize and prototype ideas.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
the modeling was done in solidworks. cnc routers were used to cut the forms and jigs. looking forward, technologies such as multi axis cnc routing and radio frequency adhesion could be considered for large scale manufacturing.
Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
multiple tests were performed to get a full understanding of the limitations and possibilities of the plywood bending process.
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
the greatest challenges were to prototype a piece that requires this level of precision, and to commit to building several jigs before being able to vet their usefulness, all the while knowing that the technology exists to do so with ease. but, recognizing the simplicity of manufacturing such a piece served as the greatest motivation to do so first, by hand.
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
i felt it would be a good way to get my work in front of an audience i might otherwise be unable to address.

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