Talking trash (about design)

Atema Architecture

The Auto-Cannibalistic Table
Medium: Paper egg cartons glued with natural paste (flour, water), soil, and plants
Dimensions: 36″ wide x 60″ long x 30″ high


“Why can’t a table eat itself? Tables support food, but why can’t they also be food? The Auto-Cannibalistic table understands that, in nature, energy and matter are in a constant state of transformation, cycling and recycling,” says Atema. “It understands these facts and its design explicitly celebrates them.” The Auto-Cannibalistic table is made of paper egg flats, flour paste, soil, and seeds, so that, when water is added, the seeds germinate and the table begins to eat itself.

About Atema Architecture:

Atema Architecture is an innovative, sustainably focused residential and commercial architecture and design firm. Ate Atema started the office in 1998 after working for Frank Gehry and Asfour/Guzy Architects. Amy Campos has worked with Atema as a senior design for the past three years and teaches a design studio at Pratt Institute. Their work employs advanced fabrication techniques, inventive use of common materials, design/build installation methods, sustainable design strategies, and a careful attention to details and materials. 




Written by JR

May 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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