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They stand apart from this world, like monuments from the unknown. The boundaries of time and material are blurred and compressed in these series of monolithic objects. In each, rough-hewn forms fuse seamlessly into sleek refined surfaces, as if expressing an evolutionary arc conveyed across a single object: from the rubble of a primitive deep history to a smoother and an imagined smoother, more elegant future context. Both functional and sculptural, these furniture pieces made in either aluminium or stainless steel are the outcome of an innovative casting method that blends ancient techniques with modern technology. This allows the transformation of a material to be captured in a single work, a metamorphosis that blurs the organic and the machined until it is no longer clear what separates the natural from the artificial. What emerges are brutalist totems for our liquid modern times. Their mystical forms offer a means to reflect on the symbiotic relationships that define the origins of mankind and what lies beyond.



Coffee Table.
Stainless Steel.
120(l) x 75(w) x 40(h) cm.
Edition.
2018
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