In a world where passions collide and creativity knows no bounds, Chinese architects Quanquan Liu and Shengdi Fu of Atelier Gegeben have crafted an extraordinary piece of art furniture that seamlessly merges the disparate interests of their client, Mr. Junchen Lu. Mr. Lu, an avid art collector and private breeder of Rhacodactylus leachianus, found himself drawn to the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific Ocean, the native habitat of the geckos he so passionately cares for. Concerned about the potential extinction of these creatures in their natural environment, he sought to express his love for them and raise awareness through a unique commission: an Island Table.
Collaborating with artist Xindi Tong, Atelier Gegeben embarked on a creative journey to bring Mr. Lu’s vision to life. The result? A stunning sculptural masterpiece that serves as both a functional table and a captivating work of art. Crafted from glazed ceramic and black walnut wood, the table’s design evokes the rugged terrain of New Caledonia, with its topographical lines intricately mapped across its green surface.
But the table’s beauty lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but also in the thoughtful craftsmanship behind it. Tong’s innovative 3D-printed glaze technique allows for intricate computer-generated images to adorn the ceramic panels, creating a mesmerizing visual effect that captures the essence of the island landscape. Meanwhile, Fu’s skillful use of a chainsaw to shape the table’s base from raw logs adds a tactile dimension to the piece, with the marks and texture of the tool’s cuts serving as a striking contrast to the smooth ceramic surface above.
To complement the table, Atelier Gegeben handcrafted two small chairs, each echoing the organic forms and natural materials of the island-inspired design. Together, the table and chairs form a cohesive ensemble that invites exploration and conversation, serving as a poignant reminder of the fragile beauty of our natural world.
Through their collaboration with Mr. Lu, Atelier Gegeben has not only created a stunning piece of furniture but also a powerful statement about the intersection of art, nature, and conservation. By bringing together seemingly disparate passions, they have crafted a work that transcends its functional purpose, serving as a testament to the boundless possibilities of creative expression.
To learn more about Atelier Gegeben and their work, visit their website at ateliergegeben.com. And for further insights into living well and with intention through design, be sure to follow Senior Contributing Editor Vy Yang on Instagram and check out her website at vytranyang.com.
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