If you want something special, spectacular and jaw-dropping in the sense of furniture, I have it for you! This furniture collection by Design collective EWE Studio is called Alquimia and is inspired by fire, which used fire to treat the many different materials and create jet-black furniture and lava-like lighting.
The largest of the set is a dining table named Humo, which is held up by an off-centre base. Oiled and burnt steel forms the support, anchored into a 300-kilogramme block of Mexican Orizaba black marble that acts as a counterweight. For the top, a piece of white oak was blackened by hand using a blowtorch, to protect it from weathering and give a unique color and texture.
Burnt white oak is also used for the frame of the three-legged Ceniza chair, which has a backrest shaped to resemble a trident. The chair is assembled using an old technique known as Espiga Vista to connect the legs with its leather-covered seat.
To create the lights, the designers hand-carved eleven molds from volcanic rock to create lumpy forms for the molten glass to be poured into. The texture of the rock remains visible on the surface of the amber-colored glass, which glows like molten lava when the lights are switched on. Bases are formed from the same oiled and burnt steel as the dining table support, while aged brass inside alters the color and effect of the reflections. The lamps can be used on the wall, floor or ceiling, either alone or in tessellated clusters depending on the required size.