“Tavolone” challenges program at the scale of furniture. By transforming a typical table through aggregative and scalar operations, certain functional possibilities are added while others are removed. “Tavolone” in Italian means “large table.” The tavolone here is a series of 27 ambiguous objects, which, linked together, become a giant table that exceeds the interior. Disbanded, each segment fails to stand-alone as a horizontal surface, and must lean on either the inventive capacity of a user to re-program the object, or literally, an additional support to stabilize functionality.

This project was supported by the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2011-2012). See “Cataloging and Prototyping Baroque Effects” for a description of the larger research project. This was a collaboration with Jesse LeCavalier.