Following BREEDING TABLES’ debut at the Cologne Furniture Fair in January 2005, Weisshaar and Kram were invited by Ingo Maurer to present the project four months later at Spazio Krizio in Milan during the Salone del Mobile. As the exhibition LA RACCOLTA—Italian for “the harvest”—explored the link between the virtual and the physical, BREEDING TABLES was presented in an installation which drew attention to each stage of a table’s development and evolution.
The methods developed for generating and manufacturing the tables were presented in both physical form, and through imagery and videos. A projection showed animated sequences of images of virtual construction surfaces generating, videos taken during the manufacturing process of the tables, and fields of tables being ‘bred’ within the computer.
The physical process behind the creation of the tables was revealed through presenting a comprehensive physical catalogue of the working process as a linear narrativ: steel offcut and cutout components from the laser cutter; the bent table legs after leaving the computer-controlled bending machine; and the final product, BREEDING TABLE #525.
The entire installation BREEDING TABLES: LA RACCOLTA was acquired by Centre Pompidou for their renowned design collection shortly after its debut at Spazio Krizia in Milan during Salone del Mobile, April 2005.