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Made of aluminum foam panel, Calen Knauf’s recently released Sponge Table plays a few sensory tricks on observers. After the Vancouver designer encountered the common building material online, he was enraptured, mulling over alternative applications.

However, the variety that Knauf preferred proved harder to source than he assumed. What’s readily available in Canada has disproportionate, unevenly distributed bubbles, falling short of his desired intentions. “I wanted a true foam-sponge appearance,” he recalls. “I didn’t want to compromise my vision for a more convenient material.”

In developing the Sponge table, Knauf and his team created a series of scale models — first polycarbonate, then foam —...
Calen Knauf Takes Aluminum Foam Far Beyond the Construction Site

The Vancouver designer elevates a common building material into a luxury object with his recent Sponge Tables.

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