Designer Umut Yamac has always liked the idea that an object can have more than one function. With that thought he designed a table that comes to life through sunshine. He combined two functions that have never been combined before: a sundial and an outdoor table. What is the story behind it and how does it work? We talked to Umut to get all the details on the new Sundial Table.
You take inspiration from nature for all kinds of projects. Why?
With all of them there’s something interesting about creating a connection, interaction, or movement to bring products to life in some way; to animate them. In the case of the Sundial Table it’s about the interaction with the sunlight, which brings it to life and makes it less of a static table and object.
There’s always a shared approach to create a dynamic that responds to the user and the environment in some way. If an object can be an active ingredient in that, then for me that is super interesting.
Your work is often based upon the imaginary. Can you tell us more about that?
The imaginary in the sense that the objects maybe suggest another story beyond what you see! For me, the idea of having an object which is sort of playful adds another layer of experience to it. I guess the imaginary is connected with that. In the sense that you can connect with it on an emotional level, but you can also find your own connection with it.
In the case of the Sundial Table it gives you the space to take some ownership of it and make it more personal in how you define time or moments of time in your day. That personal aspect fulfills your imagination; It makes it your own. I like the idea that an object has its own life, which gets fulfilled by the user once they start using it.