Maia is an object of non-specified use that can be used as a side table, stool or step. It features complex joinery created by CNC technology.
Maia is also an exercise in efficiency of CNC timber cutting and assembly. Exploring the possibilities and looking for new ways to cut, prepare and assemble components.
CNC wood cutting machines are massive, and use sophisticated technology that requires skill to program. They are also very costly to run. So, while the machine is in operation, we want it to be cutting material rather than wasting time changing the cutters or the position of the object being cut.
So the process is about efficiency – both of the machine and also the assembly of the components – and the desire to avoid time-consuming clamping while glue dries.
The joint detail on these components can be manufactured using a single radiused cutting tool on the CNC, and make assembly very simple.
Tool heads on a CNC machine.
The Maia prototype is still used in the factory.
Maia components and assembly.
The Bretton bedside tables use a similar joint.
The locking joint on Overton table was also designed with these principles in mind.
The accuracy of CNC machining allows us to use a more decorative side to side joint on the Tavli table.