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Nervous System's DIY App Lets Users Design Their Own Cellular Wooden Tables

by , 05/24/13

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Nervous System took inspiration from the shapes and patterns of nature to create an app that lets users design their own “cellular” wooden coffee tables. Once a customer is happy with their online design, Nervous System uses a CNC router to carve it out of plywood. The Inhabitat team stopped by their booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) this week for a look at their first official prototype and we have to say that it’s pretty darn cool!



Nervous System is a generative design studio that combines elements of science, design, art and technology to create one-of-a kind interiors. This DIY, bio-inspired app is one of their newest hybrid babies. Cut out from plywood using a CNC router in their own studio, the resulting wood table base looks just like a network of cells. Larger holes are filled in with glass panels while smaller holes are left empty, creating an organic feeling.

We have seen so many inspiring green designs at ICFF this year. Don’t forget to check out our roundup of the best from day one at the fair, and day two.

+ Nervous System

+ Inhabitat’s ICFF coverage here >

+ Inhabitat’s Design Week coverage here >

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