Canadian designer Thom Fougere has recently completed a new table project called 'Tyndall' which is set to make its debut at the IDS12 in Toronto in January of next year.
And it's a big 'un, weighing in at nearly 70 kilos thanks to a hefty Tyndall stone top which appears to float upon its elegantly slender supporting steel structure.
Tyndall stone is commonplace amongst the Canadian prairies, and is an historic building material embodying a certain vernacular of prairie architecture and building practices.
Taking cues from the topography of Canadian prairies, the top is planed relatively smooth allowing the stone to retain its unique character.
However, Thom has also left the stone unfinished, so substances and casual wear will slowly degrade it, exposing fossil fragments and revealing layers of stories embedded within the material.
"The coffee table is the nucleus of a living space; the central object around which dwelling patterns revolve: living, drinking, eating, loving, making, sleeping." says Thom, continuing:
"Over time the accumulation of puddled water marks, a splash of wine and scribbles of past dreams will meld into the material's already varied past – creating a nostalgic condition."
Photography Mark Reimer.