Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Togetherness, Lifestyle
 
 
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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Togetherness, Lifestyle
 
Things that look simple are often the most difficult to conceive. Dirk Wynants does not feel the need to do sketches to let an idea mature to an advanced stage. In his opinion, spatial thinking always offers greater freedom that pen and paper. It's easy to llustrate the Picnik idea using a simple sheet of paper, by cutting and folding the paper to create a table-top with benches attached. The idea was to develop this at full scale from a single standard sheet of aluminium. 
After much experimentation, it became clear to Dirk Wynants that Picnik could only achieve the necessary structural strength if the material was reshaped or ‘rolled’. Coincidentally, the Belgian designer Xavier Lust had just made use of this technique in his iconic 2000 piece ‘Le Banc’. Collaboration between the two designer colleagues seemed the obvious way forward. 
Picnik came into being out of a desire for great simplicity. One flat aluminium sheet is transformed into a picnic table, thanks to a number of strategic incisions and folds. The basic shape is exactly half the size of a standard 3 x 1.5 metre aluminium sheet. Apart from the saw cuts and minimal rounding off, material wastage is nil.
Every aspect of Picnik’s shape is based on a functional need. The rounded surfaces are necessary to increase its strength; the sloping feet are necessary to enable the tables to be stacked. This last factor is essential for transport and storage.