The Stepwell Table is inspired by the geometrical wonder Chand Baori, an ancient water well in Rajasthan and one of the oldest and most important landmarks in India. Below the table’s glass surface is a hollowed-out interior, an intricate recreation of the famed symmetrical steps of the Chand Baori descending into the table’s base, creating an optical maze of light, shadow and angles.
At the true Chand Baori, visitors can descend 13 levels of stairs etched into the four sides of the water well to an emerald green pool of water. To emulate the striking, translucent water at the base of the well, we have made the base out of a thin sheet of green quartz that will be illuminated from below, inviting eyes to peer inside the table towards the glowing core.
The table was made in collaboration with Spanish surfaces company, COMPAC, for the 9th edition of Wallpaper* Handmade, an annual exhibition that celebrates craft and design. The show, “Wellness & Wonder”, launched at the 2018 Salone del Mobile Milano.
The origin of the material - sculptural carving
The design of the table represents the origins of the stone material by creating something that looks like it is carved out of a solid piece.
The elements of the table were carefully designed in collaboration with COMPAC.
Understanding the manufacturing processes
Coffey Architects visited the COMPAC HQ in Gandia, Spain in order to explore and understand the manufacturing processes.
Light drawer and customisation
Easy access to the light source is allowed via a drawer in the base. This also means that the translucent COMPAC Ice of Genesis quartz panel can be changed to another colour or material if required.