Graceful Fig – Portoro Gold Bendable Marble Table


The fabrication technique begins with the translation of the digital 3d model into a rattan formwork. This rattan formwork serves as a basis to construct a composite structure of aluminium honeycomb and stainless steel rods.

This combines to create a rigid yet tensile structure that maximises the long span of 2 meters despite the thinness of the structure. Thereafter, 2mm thick slices of book matched Portoro Gold marble blocks are painstakingly heated and bent over the formwork.

The craftsmen immaculately bend the marble, layer by layer, over the formwork, akin to the way that marble forms through years of sedimentation as well as the way the graceful fig shell grows their protective shell, layer by layer.

Once the top layer of Portoro Gold is set in place, the rattan formwork is removed and the underside of Graceful Fig is layered again. The grains between segments of slices are matched to perfection and lovingly buffed to remove any seams and realize the ethereal elegance of Graceful Fig.


The humble graceful fig shell dots Singapore’s coastal landscape, and few would fathom that it is a distant cousin of the sought-after portoro gold marble. The graceful fig shell (ficus gracilis) lives in sandy or muddy bottoms in tropical and warm waters at continental shelf depths. It has the largest shell in the family Ficidae and it is this very shell which share more than 50% of its chemical composition with portoro gold marble, calcium carbonate. The design of graceful fig takes on the curatorial direction, of unveiling a new breed, by drawing inspiration from the graceful fig shell and its simple yet elegant process of forming through the fibonacci sequence. The shell is unravelled to form a table surface that inverts the nature of the shell as a protective element whilst revealing the thinness of the surface. Own this unique and exquisite piece of Portoro Gold masterpiece today.
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