We are a week away from Maison & Objet art fair and new designs are surfacing every day. Over the week we will see some of the most magnificent furniture collections and standalone pieces that will be exhibited at the event, but in my opinion, none come closer to the Roots dining table designed by Carl Jaunay. What makes the table special is not the elegant design or the material used in the making but the philosophy behind it.
Bringing abandoned objects and materials back to life, Carl’s attempt in recycling the dilapidated pieces is what makes the idea and the design really special. Carl values material history and turns the process of recycling into art rather than a tedious activity. The table is poised on a varnished wrought iron base and has a beautiful 15 mm thick molten glass tabletop. Together, they give birth to an intriguing piece of furniture.
Carl Jaunay used to work as a metal worker during his salad days. After an entrepreneurial and creative journey of over 30 years, he joined the ‘Maison des artistes’ in 2016 and has produced some of the finest tables over the years.
The pangs of time have turned into a source of inspiration for the designer, contributing to the uniqueness of the piece that is the Root dining table. As evident from the name, the table features a root-shaped base with iron forming a cluster underneath the surface and holding the glass tabletop.
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Overall, it is an exceptional and unique piece by the craftsman who brings rusty metal into the picture and adorns it with sculptural rivets to transform them into a brand-new piece. The designer usually soaks up the piece before turning the wear into an exceptional patina, and I assume he has done the same with the Roots table, too.