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Who Needs Nails When You Can Meld Wood in a Vortex of Thread?

Most furniture has the business parts of its joints buried deep inside it somewhere. Screws hidden in hollow metal frames, screws driven deep into wood. The furniture made by Anton Alvarez wears its colorful thread joints on the outside. And the machine used to tie it all up is a beast.


Alvarez makes his pieces using the boringly named "Thread Wrapping Machine" but the name lacks in flair, the machine makes up in insanity. Seriously, this sucker looks like it should be spinning black holes or something.

All it takes is two pairs of willing hands to hold precisely positioned pieces of lumber in the contraption's gaping maw, and a bout of wild spinning does the rest, welding the limbs together with a blistering storm of thread. It's some seriously crazy robot knitting.


The machine's blocky, haphazard results are definitely pretty intriguing on their own, but that machine is just something else. Playing with thread never looked like so much fun. [Design Milk]

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One of the worst ideas I have ever seen, when looking at it as an idea for making anything actually functional.
Neat idea as far as just fucking around and not caring what your results look like, for now.
Has potential as a concept for improvement and actually becoming 'something' even if it was only ever a niche thing.

I was picturing, in my mind before seeing the video and that pile of "???" whatever is in that picture, something involving more of a braided 'sleeve' type configuration as you get with cable management sleeves or braid wrapped reinforced tubing for plumbing. Picture, if you will, using the concept behind Chinese Finger Cuffs to secure joints together.
Ah well, this must be 'art' as far as these guys are concerned. Ugly, completely useless art at that. (especially since actual wood furniture has been crafted with both talent and artistic skill in the past where wood was joined using twine/sinew/rope to tie the joints and look so much nicer than this crap).