Food for Thought: Dining Room Table + Built-In Fireplace


If design is a narrative, then Michael Harboun is most certainly a storyteller: “Warmpath tells the story of two familiar objects, a table and a stove, meeting on a cold winter day. Their dialogue gives shape to an unexpected object.”

Unlike some of his other more experimental futuristic projects, this is a sort of when-Harry-met-Sally piece, expressive like his inked figure drawings rather than being a suggestion about the way things should be.

“The conducts of the stove run through the surface of the table. The Corian material is able to resist to high temperatures and cools down the heat to a comfortable and warm feeling.”

Of himself, Harbourn writes: “While design is commonly described as the union of emotional and rational processes by bringing the aesthetic and the functional together, I believe it has evolved into something much deeper today. Now have to be considered new values inside the design process, which are the psychological and the philosophical. In my projects, I tend to question these new values. By sketching a hypothetical vision of tomorrow’s products & interactions, I aim to make people react and debate about the fascinating evolution of our daily objects.”

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