The French designer and this year’s graduate from the Royal College of Art Claire Ferreira presented this beautiful series of semi-cast furniture at the London Design Festival.
Three distinct elements create Downside Up Table: a mould, a liquid and a frame.
Claire Ferreira poures Jesmonite – a bio-resin supplied as a water-based acrylic liquid and a mineral powder – inside a wooden base. The resin comes out of four separated slits and forms a smooth flat surface. Poured in different times, a unique pattern appears.
“The exact same quantity of materials is poured in each slot… Except that the setting time finally draws what is going to become a unique tabletop”, the designer explains.
“Downside Up Shelf is composed of three separated units, which can also be used as individual side tables.”
“Inspired by the impulsive behaviour of turning a bag over in order to find what we are looking for (see Rush Bags), I started to explore the ‘spilling over’ process and its upside down outcome to generate new typologies of products. I place my research ‘in-between’, aiming to create a dialogue between designed elements and less predictable ones, between solid and fluid materials, always trying to go beyond the edges of the object”, Claire Ferreira explains.