The Stratflex Orbit is a sleek and minimal flat-pack coffee table by Wintec Innovation, the East London-based manufacturer of architectural and furniture products.
Wintec’s founder, Al Stratford, won the Design Indaba Expo 2013 Innovation Award for his Stratflex Skin chair, which uses a series of rubberised joints that enable pieces of plywood to bend. The Orbit coffee table makes use of the same ingenious invention but takes it one step further with the addition of another new invention: the KiwiClip.
The clip fastens two sheets of wood together without any exposed hardware or overlapping pieces. Shaped like a kiwi bird with its distinctive beak, it fits into a specially cut groove inside the edge of a piece of wood that contains two pins. The ‘nose’ of the clip wraps around the pins and pulls the two pieces together when turned with an allenkey.
The KiwiClip enables the table to come apart in two sections for easier transportation. Four specially design legs, also made from furniture-grade Finnish birch plywood, slot in to support the two pieces. The internal space is left open for storage and display.
The design piece is the brainchild of Stratford, inventor par excellence who has created multiple award-winning innovations for the construction industry.
The Stratflex Orbit coffee table can be bought here.