Pinch casts 'Nim' coffee table from jesmonite
Pinch, a design studio from London, has just released a coffee table made from an unusual material. Jesmonite is a composite of plaster and resin that is suitable for multiple applications, but it is mainly used for sculptural, 3D objects. Though extremely durable and withstanding, it is a lightweight alternative to concrete, and a safer option than fibreglass.
Pinch decided to come up with a piece that stresses the material’s strength and conceals its feather-like weight. Though the studio usually works with wood, they have a series of furniture that is leaning towards sculpture, and with their latest coffee table they continue on this track The Nim table is a massive-looking construction with smooth surface and fuss-free, tapered side that looks like it has been cast from concrete.
In fact, the manufacturing process started with casting indeed; gypsum plaster powder and acrylic resin were mixed to shape the form. Pure resin was applied to the top to ensure a smooth surface, while the sides were airsprayed with clay to give a weathered, rough texture. The finish, hand-made by an artist involved set design painting, gives the impression that Nim is made from some sort of natural, hard-wearing material like lava stone or concrete. To further enhance this natural quality, ground-up marble, the so-called mica, was also added to the mixture. Due to the complex manufacturing process and custom-made finish, Nim is available in an extremely limited range. Overall 50 pieces were made and are on sale after the table’s presentation at London Design Festival.
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