Six Components (and a handful of screws) Design Challenge

And the Winner is...

The Wolfsonian-FIU would like to congratulate Gelpi Projects (Nick Gelpi, Julia Sarduy, Claudia Fernandez, and Monica Cordera) on the winning design as part of our Six Components Table Design Challenge! The challenge was to design a table for the Wolfsonian lobby that would foster community engagement, while allowing visitors to spend time with and enjoy art and design. The tables are now under construction and will be accompanied by Thonet 214 chairs, which served as the source of inspiration for the challenge.

A reception to unveil the tables and honor the winning design team will be held on Friday, February 7th, 7-9pm.

Free and open to the public. Wine + Perrier + hors d'oeuvres reception. Music provided by FIU's Radiate FM DJs. RSVP:  

We would like to thank all those who submitted proposals as well as everyone who participated in the challenge by voting. 



Six Components (and a handful of screws): The Challenge

Thonet's 214, the "coffee-house chair" became the first flat-pack chair.  This revolutionary process enabled the chair to be constructed from six components and a handful of screws. As a result it was easily shipped all over the world and assumbled onsite in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Today the 214 chair is the most successful industrial product in the world, and is the reason why Thonet is regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial design.


Using a similar set of constraints, The Wolfsonian invites the community to design proposals for a table. Designs must:

- be made of six components (and a handful of screws)

- accommodate 24 Thonet chairs (for example see 4 illustrations in attached document)

- be made of eco-friendly sustainable material

- not exceed $6,000 for entire project



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