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The Fair
February 02, 2024

Whether raw, jagged, tumbled, or stacked, stone pieces are throwing their weight around in interior and exterior environments. From wood carved to resemble a sheer cliff to a bench made of volcanic boulders, these stylish items remain rock-solid choices.

Image courtesy of Costantini

The Fortezza bench from Costantini is a one-of-a-kind functional art bench made from volcanic rock placed on an iron frame. Designed by William Stuart, it is the first piece in a new collection that will explore combinations of the two materials.

Image courtesy of Simon Johns

Cliffs outside Simon Johns studio in Quebec inspired the designer’s Shale collection of consoles, mirrors, tables, and credenzas. “Shale is a type of rock formation that tends to split and erode in layers, leaving behind a layered and random composition of textures,” he explains. “The mapping of the composition of this cliff was sketched on to the pieces of the collection, and carved out in layers, with a router and a chisel.”

Johns’ also has created the Future Fossils collection, whose texture loosely emulates the sedimentary striations in millions-year-old stone. The collection explores positives and negatives of extrusions and voids, in both gypsum cement and slip-cast stoneware.

Simon Johns at ICFF 2023, image credit Jenna Bascom

The FF Low Table I from Simon Johns

  • The Future Fossils collection

Affreschi & Affreschi at ICFF 2023, image credit Jenna Bascom

Cast concrete objects from Concrete Poetics are brutal, sculptural, and irregular, thanks to the imperfections that occur in the casting process. The pieces’ stacked-disc forms create an almost pixelated effect, bringing to mind digital references in a very analog material.

set of ottomans from Concrete Poetics