furniture. Monday , December 04th , 2017 - 14:16:14 PM
In his collection named for the Italian master, Knibb has taken the humble but iconic garments of modern society — jeans and t-shirts — and turned them into a work of art in marble. The designer says that at a distance, the table’s surface appears to be the disturbed surface of water. Indeed, when we first saw the pieces at ICFF, we weren’t sure what they were until we got close enough to see that the marble relief was clothing, including the finest of details: Ribbing, frayed hems, buttons and belt loops. It takes two Italian sculptors about about 700 hours to carve one of these tables. In a media interview, Knibb said that the first carver does a rough cut, and then second refines the piece, adding the details. Not only do the pieces look incredibly life-like, wrinkles and all, but you can see the veins of the marble in these amazing works.
All over Italy, visitors stand gaping at the fluidity of the garments in classic statues. Similarly, it’s hard not to be astonished by the detail in these tables that Knibb has designed. You feel as if you will reach out and touch well-worn, soft fabric, yet instead your fingers meet with cool, solid marble. It’s as if opposites have morphed together into a single tactile contradiction.
Or perhaps she’d prefer a grey one instead. The colorful buttons stand out more on this one and the Navy tripod floor lamp makes her green eye look gorgeous. You’ve chosen right, human! Sometimes there’s just not enough room on the elegant Quentin Armchair for both Pooches so the first one gets to sit comfortably while the other is stuck waiting on the floor for an opening. Two of these lemongrass green chairs would have been perfect but a little competition doesn’t hurt.
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