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DIVA - Thinking Works

Designed with market leading manufacturers, Diva is a study in detailing and refinement. Linked to a die cast and extruded aluminium frame, Diva has wooden legs that carry cables invisibly and ply formed panels that hide all manner of technological spaghetti. In our designs for Diva, working directly with the team at Thinking Works we have delivered intelligent solutions to difficult problems.

The Problem
Diva is a product that was specifically designed to solve and deliver a unique solution to all technical problems of power and data. The ideology of this delivery was to respond with an elegant solution and to provide a wide range of scalable product types

The Opportunity
The product portfolio was developed in response to the growing demand for timber furniture and the domestication of commercial interiors.  Diva is finished to the highest standard possible, a table system developed with consideration given to powered legs for floor access, a sensible way to manage wiring from the legs to the powerbox in the table top, and finishes that can be changed to follow new design trends.

The Process
The timber legs design is machined creating a cavity for the cable managed. The leg proportions considered the block timber purchased to minimise waste during the machining process. All components on the system are re-cyclable. The die cast Leg to Rail Connectors feature the same patented design. The patented clamping system eliminates exposed screws and enhances the level of finish on the Diva table system from above or below. Atrium vies of commercial furniture are often horrific with lack of consideration for the power and data requirements.
Frame system that is structurally strong enough to produce 4 leg tables in sizes of 4000mm x 1200mm, 3600mm x 1800mm and 1800mm diameter.

The Challenges
Analyzing the market is where we started. What were the requirement of scale at its maximum and producing a structure suitable in scale and proportion that applied in its minimum. By then we had predefined the specific user requirements and functional aspects of the product. At this stage of the development process design detailing and merging of different manufacturing processes and tolerances was key. In this case we were working with 5 manufacturing processes and 3 different materials, one processed by extrusion & die-casting.  

The Outcomes

Commercial success with installations in the UK, Asia, Australia & the US. Winning the coveted Design guild mark award alongside some exceptional entries in 2017. Whilst these are the outcomes we should remember in many cases the designer takes the credit. However, in this case the manufacturer deserved an accolade as they drove us for innovate and unique solutions in dealing with age old problems of cable management that is rarely dealt well. To create such simple and elegant solutions the client required very specific design solutions which required heavy investment in well-designed production tools. Many businesses would not have the foresight or the courage to do so in creating this product type. Corners have not been cut to fulfil the dream and more importantly a well resolved solution so well done Dean Kuch and thank you.