“The Thread Wrapping Machine” is a weird and wonderful invention by Anton Alvarez. It’s the sort of surreal lo-fi machine that you wouldn’t be surprised seeing in a Michel Gondry or Spike Jonez film. Designed to join different types of material together, the machine uses a glue-coated thread as bond. There’s no screws or nails holding its resulting furniture in place, simply a Spiderman-like webbing made of thread.
What’s amazing is how quickly these pieces are constructed. Normally combining materials like this is a slow and laborious exercise, but Alvarez’s machine makes it look simple. Seeing the furniture being made in the video above just demonstrates how quick and easy the process is and the resulting work is a strangely beautiful mix of wood and blended colors.
Anton Alvarez is a Swedish-Chilean designer based in London and Stockholm. He studied Product Design at the Royal College of Art, where his “Thread Wrapping Machine” was his final year piece at last year’s degree show. You can view more of his work online here.