AYKA* A negotiation table.
(*where art thou)
Table 70*70*70 cm
Chairs 40*30*70 cm
The table was done as a part of “one to a thousand” studio under the guidance of Prof. Ezri Terazi. Each student draws a note form a hat with his project and his teacher. The note I picked said a folding 70*70 table. For the first half of the semester the students makes a “one of” a kind piece and in the later part he transforms the idea into a mass produced product.
I started working on the table knowing that I wanted to do something that will have a strong saying about Israeli-Palestine politics and culture. Therefor I looked for local esthetics in day to day life. The one that I found is the building technic that is most common is Israel (and the Palestinian territories) concrete casting. The Rebar reinforcement is often left bare sticking outside of the finished building.
From there I wondered off to IKEA. Like every global brand IKEA makes adjustments to the local market. I thought what if IKEA took that to the extreme, and what if I took it to the extreme as well. I pictured this grotesque and absurd situation where someone is trying to load this concrete table to his car. Breaking it on the way or in his home and while doing so creating a unique “one of”.
The name AYKA is a question that appears in the Bible translating to “where art thou”, and In my work I ask the same question.
In the violent act of breaking the concrete slab there’s a cry for a resurrection of the peace process but more than that it holds a wake up call. Like the breaking of the 10 commandments (I'm not sure how to write this, in hebrew we say that the tracking of the 10 commandments slab or something like that) and yet I hope it addresses everyone that can relate to a breaking of a wall.
The table and chairs were cast as a single slab of concrete. Rebar reinforcement was set in selected places in order to allow the breaking of the slab into 3 pieces at first (separating the table form the chairs) and than in 2 more places allowing the rebar to be bent thus making the back support for the chairs.