This unique groundbreaking work defies description with standard terminology. It seems to call for new words, with new meaning, for a new era. On the one hand we have a solid one-piece design made of familiar material; on the other hand we also have an appearance of lightness and fluidity suggested by the facets.
This counter seeks to break away from the codes of rigidness. It is not a barrier between the people seated on each side. In fact, it brings the two people together; it creates a bond. This piece is made of a 20”-thick single piece of fiber-reinforced concrete. It is cast all at once, seamlessly. The technical difficulty of this creation is that it requires “360° molding”, with a counter mold to hold the concrete up. With 300kg of concrete and 18 hours of casting, this is a daunting technical challenge. The inside of the structure is finished with genuine leather, fitted invisibly.
Matali Crasset, Onepiece, 2015, Monobloc piece, high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete, full grain leather, 100 x 235 x 130 cm, Concrete LCDA + Domeau & Pérès, credit photograph : Jean-Jacques Bernier, art direction : matali crasset