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Riad Table by Studio Alvaro Catalan de Ocón. Photography courtesy ACDO.

2017 Design Economy Expo.
Riad table

With Raid table, Madrid-based Studio Alvaro Catalan de Ocón celebrates traditional early 20th century European craftsmanship and design at Design Economy Expo 2017 —part of this year's Atlanta Design Festival coming in June.

ACdO exhibited Riad table in Milano, Italy during the Salone del Mobile 2016. The table's hexagonal shape offers the possibility to reproduce a "raised floor" combining as many pieces as desired.

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Riad Table by Studio Alvaro Catalan de Ocón. Photography courtesy ACDO.

Riad table is an enhancement of the traditional manufacturing process and graphic motifs of hydraulic tiles.

These concrete tiles emerged in Mediterranean Europe in the early 20th century as an industrial response to old mosaic floors. The drawings of Riad are inspired by traditional designs that can be found from the Alhambra of Granada to the Great Mosque of Damascus.

Video of the 'Making" process of the Riad table, designed by Alvaro Catalan de Ocón and Francesco Faccin and produced by ACdO.

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Process. Riad Table by Studio Alvaro Catalan de Ocón. Photography courtesy ACDO.

The idea behind this product is to decontextualise a construction material –the hydraulic tile– by isolating and objectifying it.

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Riad Table by Studio Alvaro Catalan de Ocón. Photography courtesy ACDO.

The result is a table for indoors and outdoor whose hexagonal shape offers the possibility to reproduce a “raised floor” combining as many pieces as desired.

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