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Designers Bended Marble Technique I The Art of Origami

The Art of Origami ~ Into the Fold

When design director Terri Tan first heard about the bended marble technique, she immediately thought of the delicate folds of the art of origami. “The aim of origami is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques,” says the founder of Designworx Interior Consultant.

Applying the same origami principle to natural stone, she created a side table with a distinct base with pleats of accordions. The table comprises a glass top supported by a C-shaped stainless steel structure and a sculptural pedestal clad in layers of marble in accordion-like folds.

A prototype table designed by Designworx Interior Consultant
A prototype table designed by Designworx Interior Consultant

“The design cues for this surrealistic origami side table design stem from the accordion,” shares Tan. “Although the accordion was invented by Friedrich Buschmann in 1822 in Berlin, the idea originated from the Chinese instrument Sheng thousands of years ago; we are fascinated with how this European design has Asian roots. It is truly an amazing fusion of ideas.”

Likewise, while marble is generally associated with Europe where the most famous marble quarries are located, origami is a traditional art that originated in Japan. The designer also sought to pay homage to the historical use of marble in sculptural art. “Our contact with this natural stone has been predominantly in slab format, reminiscent of sheets of paper; albeit very big and thick ones,” she quips.

Designed by Terri Tan, founder of Designworx Interior Consultant.

Designed by Terri Tan, founder of Designworx Interior Consultant.

The prototype table comes in two variations: Statuario marble, an elegant white marble with black veins, and Black forest, a black marble with meandering white streaks.

The supporting C-shape stainless steel structure features a choice of either gold, champagne gold, rose gold or bronze finish, and the glass top can be either grey or bronze tinted to complement the colours of the marble selected for the base.



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