suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
daniel DENDRA: the average speed of a car in a city is around 11km/h – the average speed of a bicycle is around 15km/h. still the trend in many emerging markets is from the bicycle to the car. the result of this trend and the expanding mega cities can be experienced in cairo. a city where a car trip can take 15min or 3 hours for the same distance. a city where it is almost impossible to cross a street. a city that is dominated by car pollution and where the public spaces become not usable anymore for pedestrians. for this reason the new york times entitled cairo as the noisiest city in the world: “it’s so noisy with horn honking and teaming people, as a matter of fact, that it’s like living in a factory.”
in order to raise awareness for this problem the peakt (noisy tea time) table is using recorded sound-snips from intersections in the city to generate a furniture piece. the top surface has a strong tectonic deformation (translation of the sound scape into 3d surface) that is represents a specific part of the city. this extreme surface modulation makes it actually impossible to put anything on top of the table. this is a reference to the noise in the streets of cairo which makes it almost impossible to use the urban environment as a pedestrian.
a wide tray has the negative soundscape carved on the bottom-side. only by placing this tray on top of the table makes it a functional furniture. this is an analogy to the technical possibility to delete noise by playing the negative sound wave. the table is based on a typical table typology found in tea/shesha shops in egypt. when the table and the top are separated the tray can be used as a wall relief reminding of the noise of cairo. this makes the table very space saving once in disfunctional (noise) mode.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dD: the project was influenced by the noisy and dynamics of the city of
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dD: the ideas were developed during a workshop in cairo with young egyptian designers. we were working in the gardens of a beautiful exhibition space in mid december. i listened to the noise of cars and watched the beauty of nature. in the breaks we discussed about the schemata of egypt. thanks to tarek naga for giving a fantastic insight into the nature of egypt in his lecture.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dD: ivan leonidov, john maeda, antony gormley
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