THE ICONIC FACE OF A GLAMOROUS 1960s RACING CAR
With the “Pierced” table, Vancamelbecke sets out to literally cut through our preconceptions of what a table is and how it is constructed.
The stunning, sculptural profile of the piece is inspired by the front air inlet of a 1960s racing car – a visual reference to the time the artist spent working with vintage cars and his strong attraction to one of the most creative and glamorous periods of the 20th century. The table’s shape is defined equally by what is not there as it is by its strong structural expression.
In the creative process, Rogier also gives full rein to his mastery of mathematics and the laws of physics; three legs, not four, provide the purest definition of a flat plane.
Shunning the convention that table legs are a mere afterthought, in “Pierced’ the legs are integral, carefully positioned within the overall structure to maintain stability and to harmonize with the overall shape of the piece.
They literally pierce the table’s own underside - giving the table both its name and its unique characteristic.
The construction process reflects a strong emphasis on craftsmanship to fully complement the integrity of the design. With extreme attention to detail at every stage, the table is predominately made of engineered and sculpted wood, laminated and glued together under high pressure and then covered in woven glass using a resin infusion technique.
The aluminium legs are created using a five-axis, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine. This advanced, precision process enables the artist to build them up as a three dimensional surface, merging a circle into an ellipse in one flawless transition.
Each individually numbered table receives multiple coatings of vivid colour, applied by master craftsman painter, Peter Schiettecatte.
Finally, the table is highly polished to achieve a perfect mirror finish.