The project LACESCAPE TABLE by Miro Roman & Luka VlahoviÄ interweaves the threads of technology and tradition. It was devised by Croatian women lace-makers, and completely digitally designed and fabricated. LACESCAPE TABLE is an idea and a concept which incorporates an entire population of tables. It is exactly due of the abundance of multiple expressions of lace-making that the designers do not limit themselves to creating one table that will display the single most beautiful Croatian lace: Rather, we direct our focus on a series of objects that will celebrate the richness and diversity of Croatian lace-making: the beautiful and the mesmerizing patterns, the imperfect and the flawless ones, explained the developers.
The designer no longer manipulates the object itself, but designs and directs the rules, systems and narratives that will generate, produce and promote that object. The laser cut surface and the digitally bent plate create the LACESCAPE TABLE which examines how the intangible cultural heritage leaves its mark on the future of digital design: We want to play with the postmodern legacy of quoting and collaging by using algorithmic design. We quote, rummage and play with the elements of cultural heritage. We take them to infinity. Instead of nature, culture becomes a haven for our algorithms. [Information provided via e-mail by Roman Vlahovic; Photography: Maja BosniÄ, Ivan DorotiÄ / Lauba ]