To create the enigmatically eye-catching Nature Synthetique Table, Belgian designer Damien Gernay transferred silicone-reliefs of tree parts onto the underside of the polyester-cast table. The green, hand-painted organic forms are visible through the transparent surface.
Nature Synthétique is a unique piece created in 2002, the second project of the plastic research group GABUZOMEU, founded by Damien Gernay, Magali Vernier, and Olivier Pitot. The design was intended to be a "meeting" between nature and industry, using an industrial processes typically applied to mass, serial products and the resulting traces of manufacturing.
According to Gernay, "An embossed tree bark molded by the underside of the table is visible as if we had folded a tree to force it into an industrial mold. Only a footprint from nature remains."
Gernay’s work celebrates paradox and challenges the boundaries between design and art. Whether he’s working on a lamp, table, stool, or mirror, he strikes a balance between spontaneity and control, the raw and the finished.