Two weeks course on understanding the methods of collapsibility and folding. We were introduced to the principals of collapsibility and folding methods by studying the existing mechanism and products. The following week we were ask to pick an existing furniture and study its mechanism and to come up with a new technique without changing the form of the product.
I have chosen a folding coffee table by Robert van Embricqs. The table he designed can collapse into a flat piece when not in use. The legs were attached to the top using hinge mechanism which are then connected by a metal rode with threaded connecter screws inside. While setting up the table the rode acts as a connector to all the legs for both the sides and to make it stable by fastening the connector screws at the ends for both the sides.
Here i have achieved the same mechanism by eliminating the connector screws with a dowel stopper. When folded the dowel stops the rode which makes it stand. Thus achieving the same technique without changing the form of the product.