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.