Smart Slab Table by Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
The SmartSlab Table pioneers discreet digital devices embedded in a razor thin composite table top.
This table acts as a testing ground for SmartSlab, a new composite material being developed by the Iris Ceramica Group together with the designers. SmartSlab integrates cutting edge technology directly into the ceramic material as a part of the production process.
SmartSlab signals the arrival of intelligent materials in furniture design and architecture, unlocking a wide range of potential applications previously inconceivable in such an elegant material.
The table features key SmartSlab functions such as through-panel touch control, heating, cooling and inductive cooking in a single composite slab that acts simultaneously as circuit board, structure and surface.
Additional options include charging modules, wireless antennas and transponders as well as access control systems, switches and actuators.
A responsive web configurator allows architects and customers to quickly select the material and functions to be integrated. The SmartSlab is then seamlessly produced at Iris Ceramica Group’s fully automated factory in Modena and sent out to the customer, dramatically reducing the speed and total cost of technology integration into the built environment.
The top layer of the SmartSlab composite is made of SapienStone, a virtually indestructible ceramic material impervious to fire, frost, thermal shock, scratches and microbes. The unique composition and structure of SapienStone makes it particularly adaptable and allows for a multitude of uses from furniture and interior fit outs to architectural structures.