BREEDING TABLES uses a custom genetic algorithm which pairs—breeds—designs with one another in order to create a new design for each table. First conceived in 2003, BREEDING TABLES has since given birth to generations of tables, each unique from one another. As the product of BREEDING TABLES is not a single table, but an indefinite number of different tables, the project represents a radical departure from the idea of designing one product to be mass manufactured as a reproduction of the original prototype.
BREEDING TABLES’ embodies Kram and Weisshaar’s approach of integrating product design with process development in order to find new connections between the digitally networked world and the physical objects that surround us. As an ongoing project, BREEDING TABLES marks a departure from established methods of mass reproduction using original prototypes, and instead explores the possibilities of what happens when you apply the principles of biomimicry and articifical intelligence to product design.
The influence of BREEDING TABLES and its approach to design can be seen in other KRAM/WEISSHAAR projects such as MULTITHREAD, R18 ULTRA CHAIR, ROBOCHOP, SmartSlab TABLE, CODE_N and VENDÔME. Examples from the BREEDING TABLES project can be found in the permenant collections of MoMA, the Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum.