Smacking like a meteorite through the centre of your tables cape is a set of objects that explore the fields of science, material and culture. Inspired by the stars, but grounded in a hands-on approach to materiality; comes the Neolit collection of ceramic-covered foam objects by London-based duo Studio Furthermore.
This texture group – with an exterior mirroring the moon’s surface, and a near weightlessness to match – will transport you into a universe where everything is not as it seems. Heightening their connection to the stars is a process mirroring that of space missions from earth. Studio Furthermore has taken inspiration from NASA’s own use of ceramic foams to create pieces with depths and character. Each foam structure is then dipped in ceramic before being fired at a precise temperature. Much like a comet entering the atmosphere, a little piece of space magic is left behind.
Three monolithic bowls that will surely become a tabletop centrepiece, each piece built up from rings of foam prior to their ceramic makeover. With layers inviting you to touch, and a lightness defying their solid construction; Neolit is a bold collection full of intrigue and mystery. A conversation starter if we ever saw one.
Each piece is handmade before being immersed in ceramic and baked. Streaks and other variations in size and colour are part of handmade production processes, and not defects in the design or production.
Strong craftsmanship, complementary material mixes and compelling colour schemes characterise the furniture, lighting and accessories by Studio Furthermore. 3excellent design challenges conventions”, says the London based creative duo. The work of Marina Dragomirova and Iain Howlett is presented in the Milanese gallery Nilufar and in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum. After falling in love with their experimentations with foam and ceramic, pulpo is proud to include Neolit, the last pieces to finish the Fabulously Awesome Tablescape collection.
Although small in stature, the allure of this Neolit bowl will draw you in to discover more. Looking like a meteor dropped from space, its cratered ceramic-covered foam exterior has survived the pressures of re-entry. A truly individual extra-terrestrial; sure to make a stunning statement in your tablescpae atmosphere.
With its large circular construction, this Neolit bowl is reminiscent of the rings of Saturn. Inspired by NASA’s own use of ceramic-covered foams, their final form further suggests that a piece of space has fallen down from the stars. One feature not lost in descent is a beautiful weightlessness that belies its solid form.
Looking like the monolithic remnants of a forgotten civilisation, the long Neolit bowl demands its position on tables capes near and far. Get a little closer, and you will discover an unique object with a texture and weightlessness that defies its construction. Produced from ceramic-covered foam, it will likely become a prized relic in millennia to come.