Anyone who has ever carved, crafted or otherwise built a piece of furniture knows that the process can be as fascinating and fulfilling as the final product. This unique stone table by Lex Pott tells the story of each step in construction, all the way from the rock quarry to its finished form.
Rich, dark and heavy from the start, Belgian Bluestone is dug from deep in the ground and usually cut clean and polished to a perfect shine – but this in this table the stone was stopped midway to leave the marks of the cutting tools along with natural edges behind. The shape of the finished table reflects the brutal-but-precise way in which massive blades cut into the quarried stone.
“As Belgian bluestone is found deep under the ground, natural rugged forms are typically created during its extraction. Industry then processes this into rectangular blocks or plate material. Lex Pott designed a table that combines industry and nature. It can clearly be seen in the contours how the natural rock formations are combined with industrial geometry.”
Pott works with stone for other creations, too. Among them are other Belgian bluestone tables “made from one solid piece of rock. Selected from the quarry and produced in the Netherlands.”
That same material joins marble in a variety of shades for the “Fragments” project.
“Fragments is an immersive display of Lex Pott’s new work in stone framed by a custom handmade gradient wallcovering made from the same stone by Nicholas and Rachel Cope of Calico Wallpaper. This project is created in collaboration with The Future Perfect founder David Alhadeff.”
“Pott’s inspiration for the Fragments collection originated from the way rocks at a quarry fracture and break; along natural veining and fissures inherent in the material. By preserving the stone offcuts in its brutal raw form, and then fusing them with opposing, highly polished glass surfaces, the resulting pieces poetically and provocatively toe the line between design and art.”