Nucleo’s Jade Stools Crystallize 200-Year-Old Oak Branches

Posted On Thu, September 4, 2014 By

Posted On Thu, September 4, 2014 By In Furniture, Green Design

Turin, Italy-based design collective Nucleo has developed a series of extraordinary stools they called “Jade.” Created by director Piergiorgio Robino, these unique cubic pieces were made by submerging organic material into a mold full of a liquid polymer. The technique evolved from the studio’s previous works, but the difference lies in the precious color and the embedded log, which was part of a 200-year-old oak tree.

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Nucleo’s pieces are about imperfection and uniqueness. Their Jade-hued seats feature bubbles, fissures, and ruptures, a unique result of their epoxy resin construction. The material dries quickly and in layers, creating intricate patterns, primarily around the wood. The experimental pieces hint at mineral deposits deep within the earth, and the green rock name references South American and Chinese cultures that have used the precious, symbolic material for centuries.

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Nucleo was originally founded as a research-based collaborative of artists. Today they focus their work on manufacturing innovative objects that call to mind ancient cultures, geological processes, and natural phenomena. They work with many different materials including resin and fiberglass to make creations that resemble historic fossils or crystals. See more of their inspiring work here.

Photos courtesy of Nucleo

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