Carbon Rock Coffee Table

A mindful rock, hard and black, that brings to life the crude underlying base. Mineral and organic, as if from the volcanic entrails of a world sprung forth from the ruins of humanity. This is my philosopher’s stone, sculpted like a natural crag, finding form in a coffee table.

First piece of the "Carbon Rock" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Mass casting of aeronautical carbon powder with limestone inclusions for the table top. Raw steel base with brass patina.

Format

Height: 46 cm / 18 inches
Width: 117 cm / 46 inches
Depth: 66 cm / 26 inches

Natural or manufactured? Good or bad?

Humanity is so self-absorbed. We sometimes forget that we belong to the living world. Ever since Eve ate the apple, we have distanced ourselves from the world to become a separate entity — partly primeval and natural, and partly artificial and self-made.

And yet, like termites or polyps, we are all living beings more or less capable of complex organic processes. A glass bottle, a truck, a nuclear power plant, a termite mound or a coral reef... Are they not all just the result of some biological process?

The human brain, along with all its capacities, is perhaps the ultimate evolution of a natural process that started billions of years ago with cyanobacteria, the progenitors of our oxygen-rich atmosphere. From oxygen came nature, giving us the ability to do everything we’ve ever done and will ever do.

Hence, everything humankind makes can only be natural.

We are not just surrounded by nature. We are nature.

I like to remind people of this with my creations. And I can think of no more powerful way of communicating this message than to use carbon, the most basic and omnipresent element found in so many compounds and in all living things.

Carbon: the universal link between what was, what is and what will be.

This project features carbon in its numerous forms – aerospace materials, charcoal, steel – playing off one another to enhance their qualities in an otherworldly setting, the result of habitats created by humankind’s footprint on the planet.

Mineral yet organic, the raw nature of the design suggests a new world while giving the impression of having always existed in this form. The function and utility of the object take nothing away from the natural aspect of this creation made by human hands, the human mind and the interaction of the two.

After another million years of evolution, long after we’re gone, what will spring forth from our ashes? This is my project: Carbon Rock.

 

Carbon Rock Side Table

A tabletop supported by an organic structure, like an offering to a guest. A chalice of water, like the primordial puddle from which life emerged. Golden bursts and icy shards, like tiny treasures as precious as uncut diamonds, represent the dawn of life.

Part of the "Carbon Rock" series

Technique

Resin casting loaded with carbon powder and charcoal for the aerospace carbon fiber tabletop. Resin veneer with inclusions of glass and brass fragments. Raw steel base with brass patina.

Format

Height: 90 cm / 35.5 inches
Diameter: 60 cm / 23.5 inches

Carbon Rock Pad

A boulder has become a flowerbed to whimsical plants that grow on the fossilized remains of stalagmite candles. Mineral and organic meld together in a graphic setting that could be a snippet of life, somewhere on earth, long after we’re gone.

Part of the "Carbon Rock" series

Technique

Resin casting loaded with carbon powder, charcoal and marble dust, with inclusions of brass and copper powder for the base. Upper parts made of reinforced iron and sheets of steel with a brass patina.

Format

Height: 100 cm / 39.5 inches
Width: 25 cm / 10 inches
Depth: 30 cm / 12 inches

Carbon Rock Gold Sun

The sun: source of life, the originator of light and an endless power supply. The foundation upon which our world was built. The sun is the inspiration for this piece, both a meteorite and a golden lake with gently lapping waves, powerfully and ceaselessly reflecting its surroundings.

Part of the "Carbon Rock" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Metalworking to hammer and shape the sheet of brass. Resin casting loaded with carbon powder and charcoal.

Format

Diameter: 110 cm / 43.5 inches