Swiss designers Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt share a common interest in “the abstract and the concrete with a preference for a suggestive rather than a dictating function” for their works. Their ‘Onyx’ table, shown at Milan Design Week 2013, with its non-traditional shape and namesake semiprecious agate composition is a manifestation of that suggestive function.
“We tend to overlook the information that objects contain.” say the designers. “Shape, colour, surface and materiality are neglected on the account of reducing the form to a product and its basic function. In our routine, we simply do not look past our preconceived vision of these rudimentary products. We are looking for an object that is both, an abstract shape and a concrete form. We want to experience a well known product in an unfamiliar fashion and to be invited to reconsider and re-enact our daily rituals. Our objects are meant as an elaboration on the simplest acts of daily life, in form”.