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Instead of forcing materials to follow form, this product stems directly from materials, answering the question: what can one build from a single standard-sized sheet of steel?

Designed by George Rice for Formtank, the 4FoldLow table is a thoroughly-engineered solution to this innocuous-sounding query – each cut and fold reflects careful consideration of material properties and structural stability.

The extruded, bent and manipulated structural object is topped with a single piece of clear glass, showing off the multi-faceted shapes supporting it below.

Despite (or because of) the rigor that went into it, result is a lovely origamic form – like a piece of nature, its shape reflects its essential function, evolving from mathematics and physics rather than the purely-artistic vision of someone standing outside these systems.