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Season 2011 Episode 04.11.11

VT Prototype 2 "Polar Bear"

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VT Prototype 2 "Polar Bear"
Named 'Polar Bear' after it's muscular forms and metallic white shine, this table by Arias van Oordt is the second prototype that uses his innovative forming techniques. Sheets of metal have been pressed and pulled apart to reveal bends and volume that provide strength and form. This innovative forming process results in a form and volume rarely seen before, and though unconventional, it gives fully useable results. ; "My priority is to use materials in their full potential", said Arias van Oordt. "In this case I recognized the possibilities of pulling and pressing metal, which then had to be controlled or "tamed" in order to create forms at will. By creating a structure that could pull with several tons of pressure, and after 12 prototype tests, this final working table named 'Polar Bear' came to be." The "VT PR2 Polar Bear" in its full name, is a prototype and no more like it will be produced by the designer. Instead, Arias van Oordt prefers to continue experimenting with new designs and is now looking for a company interested in producing a version of it.moreless

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