Tephra Material

Tephra

Drawing from our Unnatural Practice philosophy, the Tephra series combines laborious artisanship with industrial processes.

Available Metal Coatings:

Bronze
Zinc
Other:
Bronze
Copper
Brass
Phosphorus Bronze

Composition of Flowers:

Naked

Delicate

Wild

Finishes:

Textured

Polished

FAQ

THE STORY

The collection draws its name from the geological term indicating petrified fragments spat from volcanoes. The organic, abstract shapes built with real flowers mounted on jute and steel are covered with a thin layer of molten metal, resembling extraterrestrial forms born from the bosom of the Earth. This results in an almost Pompeiian effect of silhouettes covered in volcanic debris.

TECHNIQUE

The objects from the Tephra collection are built using specially treated flowers mounted on sculptural forms made of steel wire and jute, metallised using a thermo-coating technique that covers the dense textures in a paper-thin layer of molten metal.

IMPLEMENTATION

We have implemented the Tephra technique in functional and decorative items alike, starting from vases and moving on to credenzas. We can also build entire panels “woven” with the flower-embellished fabric. Mounted on hand-bent and welded steel wire, the pieces are solidified with a metal-spraying technique that preserves and protects the organic matter.

FRAGILITY

The objects are made using natural components sealed with a protective layer of resin and metal. However, occasional irregularities may occur as part of the metallisation process, revealing underlying organic elements. These should be treated as an individual specificity of each object. Please remember to handle the Tephra pieces with utmost care.

HANDLING AND CARE

The metal surface can be cleaned using a microfiber duster (for polished surfaces only), a dust brush, or compressed air. Do not use any other cleaning solutions. When handling the object, use rubber gloves to avoid leaving any marks. Please handle the pieces with extreme care and hold them by the steel frame and not the flower ornaments.

See more: