Assuming the weight and texture of an object to later find out its nothing like what you expected is a surprising and pleasant occurrence. The Sponge Table by Calen Knauf hopes to achieve this for its observers. Made from carbonated aluminum panel, a common Chinese building material, once painted becomes completely unrecognizable as metal. The sponge table’s simple construction is intended to highlight the use of material, extenuating the alchemist quality of elevating a standard building material to a luxury good. The table is constructed of two raw panels with exposed pores and one top panel featuring a smooth surface on one side. The sponge table is featured in two colors, Natural sponge, and synthetic sponge.
Photography by Conrad Brown