Pitsou Kedem Architects takes inspiration for design from observation of nature and the eruption of lava is undoubtedly one of nature’s most fascinating phenomena. By its expulsion, lava produces new life and creates a new truth in its environment.
Lava flows as a red liquid when a volcano erupts, gushing out from deep within the earth. When lava cools down, it got darker and metamorphoses into extremely hard black basalt stone.
Lava is a living substance. It mutates from liquid to solid, from one shade to another. In the design, we wanted to express the meeting point of the two materials, and the two different forms of stone, and freeze the meeting between these two states of matter.
The outcome is an object that echoes the tension between the most free form found in nature – in this case, the liquid lava – and the limitations of the raw material – solid stone, which, in the hands of the craftsman, redefines the boundaries between them.