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Rat Table

by Jacob Resneck in Design on 07 January 2010

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Honing in on a rat's fine ability to gnaw, 25-year-old Londoner Jeeves Basu makes use of the efficient carpenters by keeping them hard at work crafting a piece of furniture.

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“It is an experiment to see if something beautiful can come from destruction,” Basu explains, while declining to reveal how exactly he coerces the rodents into organized eating.

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After experimenting with smaller models, Basu recently finished the box in which they will work. He moved the operation to a large warehouse in north London, where he will photograph the rats' progress in transforming solid block of wood into a finished table and update the official website with the time-lapse shots.

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