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FireTable

The FireTable integrates the warmth, romance, and experience of sitting around a campfire with outdoor dining.

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Inspired by the romance and simplicity of the humble campfire, this design integrates the warmth of sitting around a fire into a dining table. A central propane burner provides heat and ambiance for the diner. A glass top allows views to the campfire while radiating heat up to the food, keeping un-gloved hands warm, and directing excess heat toward the customer. A small hole in the center of the table acts as a chimney for exhaust gasses, and in the summer is a place to install an umbrella. A heat shield protects from burns and radiates heat towards legs. In locations where gas is undesirable, an electric heater can be swapped in.

We propose partnering with local Chicago steel fabricators and glass suppliers to manufacture these locally, and once tested and approved, we see Chicago leading the way in adaptive winter dining. In the midst of the COVID-19 era, restaurants, cafes, events, and parks can all benefit from this table. On cold days, it is a heat source, but it retains functionality as outdoor seating and dining during warmer weather with an umbrella installed. Further, the investment made in designing, manufacturing, and purchasing these tables will hold market value into a post COVID world, as the experience and practicality still applies!

Idea Title

FireTable

Company / organization name (if applicable)

DxU Architects

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Inspired by the romance and simplicity of the humble campfire, this design integrates the warmth of sitting around a fire into a dining table. A central propane burner provides heat and ambiance for the diner. A glass top allows views to the campfire while radiating heat up to the food, keeping un-gloved hands warm, and directing excess heat toward the customer. A small hole in the center of the table acts as a chimney for exhaust gasses, and in the summer is a place to install an umbrella. A he

Solution Overview

Inspired by the romance and simplicity of the humble campfire, this design integrates the warmth of sitting around a fire into a dining table. A central propane burner provides heat and ambiance for the diner. A glass top allows views to the campfire while radiating heat up to the food, keeping un-gloved hands warm, and directing excess heat toward the customer. A small hole in the center of the table acts as a chimney for exhaust gasses, and in the summer is a place to install an umbrella. A heat shield protects from burns and radiates heat towards legs. In locations where gas is undesirable, an electric heater can be swapped in.

Feasibility

We propose partnering with local Chicago steel fabricators and glass suppliers to manufacture these locally. Our design proposes using readily available raw materials and finishes to create the product, and once tested and approved, we see Chicago leading the way in adaptive winter dining. 

Technical Overview

We propose partnering with local Chicago steel fabricators and glass suppliers to manufacture these locally, and once tested and approved, we see Chicago leading the way in adaptive winter dining. In the midst of the COVID-19 era, restaurants, cafes, events, and parks can all benefit from this table. On cold days, it is a heat source, but it retains functionality as outdoor seating and dining during warmer weather with an umbrella installed. Further, the investment made in designing, manufacturing, and purchasing these tables will hold market value into a post COVID world, as the experience and practicality still applies!

Equity

Variants of the table are proposed along the bottom of the submittal images suggesting how the table can be made in different sizes / shapes proportions, and made handicap accessible.

Prototyping

As architects, we are uniquely qualified to design systems, joints, and details for comfort, use, and experience. We are familiar with all forms of materials, connections and fabrication possibilities.

User Research

DXU Architects are uniquely qualified for this challenge.  We work on making code compliant restaurant spaces for a living.  We have extensive experience in restaurant architecture in Chicago as well as the rest of the US.  Actual hands on restaurant experience as former servers, bartenders, managers and an affinity to cooking has helped fuel our passion for this niche field.

Covid-19 Safety

Open air design:
This idea allows for completely open and separate outdoor dining, made possible and comfortable in cold weather via the integration of heating into the table.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

DxU Architects are comprised of Architects, Designers, Avid Cooks, & Foodies. We are a young (7 year old) design firm but have decades of experience in commercial and industrial projects with a strong focus on retail and restaurant architecture.

Please describe your legal or organizational structure

Corporation

In what city are you / your team located?

Chicago, IL

In what country are you / your team located?

United States of America

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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