by Matt Gregory
Your next piece of furniture could be an “ant.” Nicknamed for their short height and surprising strength, these small, one-of-a-kind tables are the product of a collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology and Arc of Monroe County.
Designers from RIT’s industrial design department are working with DS7, short for Daylite Super 7, a design team from ArcWorks, to create the ant tables using rough materials. These materials include imperfect spalted maple wood from stressed trees for the tops and metal bars for the legs. The edges of wood are left as they were found, with the intention of making each ant stand out due to their imperfections.