Young Portuguese designer Gonçalo Campos has recently realised this series of stone-and-wood side tables for an art and design gallery Show Me. Aiming to ‘respect the materials and their origin’, the designer focused on retaining the natural qualities of stone by keeping the top surface of the design flat and, thus, functional, while the underside has been left ‘free and wild.’
More about the design:
‘In this table the stone top is left unfinished underneath. This evokes the state in witch the stone is found naturally. All too often we use materials and shape them at will never respecting their origin and in some cases never even imagining them in Nature. Stone is typically a material that when seen as an object, is very far from it’s natural form, usually seen as polished planes that have no resemblance to how they are found in nature.
‘Geo table pays reference to both aspects of human behaviour towards nature. Because the bottom part of the stone slab is left raw, besides this strong and appealing concept, the table will be easier to produce, with less chemicals and fisical process involved in its production. This makes Geo a smart union between a sound concept and an efficient product.’