HOUSE OF CARDS Table by Mauricio Arruda

published in: Design By Costas Voyatzis, 11 January 2011

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photo by Felipe Morozini

The House of Cards Table is a piece of furniture that addresses topics such as lightness and instability, but with sense of humor which is a mark of the work by Brazilian designer-architect Mauricio Arruda.
Do you remember his Jose Collection? (image below)

photo by Felipe Morozini

The idea of his latest design, apparently simple, has lived for years in his imagination untill today! The game house of cards is part of most people's imagination and its image is so familiar that it is impossible to believe that there is someone who would not identify it.

photo by Felipe Morozini

Part of the fables and children’s universe, a house of cards is light, unstable and falls apart with a puff of air. The piece plays with that image when proposing a sturdy table made of steel capable of supporting up to 250 kg tops.  To manufacture the table, it is used a process of laser cutting 4mm depth steel plates. This technology created a perfect reproduction of a deck of cards in scale 13:1. Subsequently, steel cards were welded one to one forming a second-°©‐story house of cards that serves as an under frame. These frames feature a versatile look to the piece, since they are capable of supporting different sized tabletops. The design options were made to accommodate form 6 to 10 seats . The images of the playing cards are printed individually in the plates of steel, which allows each table to have a different configuration, becoming single pieces. They are assembled like a house of cards in a real cards game, where each piece is drawn randomly.

photo by Felipe Morozini

photo by Felipe Morozini

photo by Felipe Morozini

photo by Felipe Morozini

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About Mauricio Arruda

Mauricio Arruda graduated at the Architecture and Urban Planning State University of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil (Universidade Estadual de Londrina/UEL) in 1997 and was granted a master degree at Sao Carlos State University in 2000. Mauricio has participated as a Latin America fellow-°©‐author at the creation of the Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries and has conducted several researches in the residential and environmental fields. Interior Design professor since 2001, has lectured in many Brazilian educational institutions, i.e. SENAC, Escola Panamericana de Arte. Currently teaching at the IED Brazilian branch – Instituto Europeo di Design. As a professional architect Arruda develops and manages projects for residential and commercial spaces as well as product design.  Along with former university colleagues Guto Requena and Tatiana Sakurai Mauricio created the creative collective WHYDESIGN.

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  • friend
    angelo | 2011-01-11 12:15:21

    wow

  • friend
    Marcelo | 2011-01-11 13:52:46

    Perfect !!! Not only for unstable households...

  • friend
    eduardo | 2011-01-11 22:28:44

    Genial, Full-hand down in the house!!!

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    Glorinha de Nantes | 2011-09-22 20:39:30

    Excelente! Brilhante! Inventivo e engraçado! "Não sei o que esses brasileiros têm! São tão criativos!" é uma referência internacional. A que faz jus Maurício Arruda, plenamente.

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