“Prélèvement” is a series of pieces questioning our human ability to perceive functions into shapes.
Submitted to melt, pressure and erosion, rocks are shaped without will. Into these unintentional shapes we nevertheless project meanings. This phenomenon called pareidolia leads to sometimes detect faces but also primary functions such as these stones on which we intuitively sit, put a thermos or a phone on.
Through this project the designer wanted to confront the intuitive use of shapes to the reasoned functions of humanised places. For this series the designer went roaming into the Fontainebleau forest, famous for its sandstones formations, looking for mineral shapes that can be perceived as functional in order to extract them and give them the status of objects.
Moulded in nature then manufactured in the designer’s workshop, the pieces are made out of a special concrete created with quartz sand from the Fontainebleau forest, with brushed waxed brass stands.
The result is a series of sculptural objects, like ghost stones on a pedestal, that let their owner free to decide of their use.