12.000 Marbles On a Table

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 11 March 2011

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photo by Karen Caracheo Image Courtesy of enPieza! studio

This piece brings back memories. I remember the time when playing with canicas, small areas of alabaster, was not only a hobby but a passion for collection, trade and negotiation. I remember knowing which ones my friends had and negotiating terms to play for them and collect all of them. A bit of me and perhaps a bit of many of us now takes shape into a simple and easy sliding mechanism for drawers. Measuring 240x120 cm, the Knikas table by Lucas Munoz and enPieza! is a table composed by a white coated welded iron structure, a glass board and eight metacrylathe drawers which hold 12.000 crystal marbles (canicas in Spanish).

photo by Karen Caracheo Image Courtesy of enPieza! studio

The table is simple and the marbles give it a lot of texture, color and interest. I would spend hours looking at them and reminiscing on all the battles I had to obtain many of them as a young kid. What a fun and clever way to add color, weight and texture to a piece of furniture. Think of the possibilities when thinking of them as separate units where you can compose your own pictures with different color marbles as if they were pixels. Great work out of this fun studio from Madrid, Spain where the Knikas table was designed and built. The award winning design has been produced under VEGAP and "Fundación Arte y Derecho".

NOTE: You may also remember en-Pieza!'s stunning table lamps and chandeliers made from recycled Bic pens which were Yatzerized back in 2007.

photo by Karen Caracheo Image Courtesy of enPieza! studio

photo by Karen Caracheo Image Courtesy of enPieza! studio

photo by Karen Caracheo Image Courtesy of enPieza! studio

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