Who would have thought that marble and meat had so much in common? Well according to local interior designer Joyce Wang, “Marble is the flesh of the earth”. Inspired by the remarkable similarity of marble and meat, Wang presents thirty three cuts, taken from two blocks of Turkish marble like slices and dices of raw red meat.
Each unique piece has been designed to showcase this marbled flesh in a way that highlights the material’s natural physical qualities, slicing through layers of vein patterns, fatty content and pinky, blood red hues. Every cut was then carefully hand-crafted and moulded by artisanal masonry workers in South West China, into individual gems. Much like a precious stone, each item has been set within Corten steel ‘claws’, celebrating the marbles value and rarity. At the base of each pedestal a mirrored rose-gold base reflects the elegant, minimal geometry of the designs allowing the viewer to appreciate the form from every angle.
I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural presentation of this limited edition table collection during the week of Art Basel Hong Kong 2013. What I loved about the pieces was the contrast and tension created by the solidity of each block, and the delicate base it is set in.
The collection will remain in Wang’s studio until the middle of this month (about now!, so if you’re interested and in HK I’d get on it quickly), after which time it will be placed in and sold through galleries in the USA. Contact WANG studio for further details.