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Ile de Beauté Coffee Table by Julien Lagueste

You may not know it, but Ile de Beauté is the French moniker for Corsica, one of the most picture-perfect islands in the Mediterranean Sea. And it’s precisely the sea’s countless shades of turquoise and blue that Julien Lagueste conjures through this collection of one-of-a-kind coffee tables.   

The base is a poetic rendering of eroded stone handmade by the designer in carved birch plywood – cut in a way to minimise waste. The tabletop is made through a painstaking process of topping five layers of liquid resin mixed with natural pigments. When the liquid resin hardens, all the countless hues of the ocean come to life.  

Julien Lagueste uses different combinations of pigments for each tabletop in order to create a unique colour for each piece which cannot be replicated. The first coffee table of this series is now part of the permanent collection of Mobilier National – the French national agency for the preservation of historic furniture and the acquisition of relevant contemporary designs.  

“My tables are a piece of furniture, a sculpture and a painting all in one,” says Julien. Find out more about his work and contact us for bespoke orders on The Invisible Collection. 

Julien Lagueste

Creations conceived as sculptures, carved woods and hand-cast resins are the hallmarks of Julien’s one-of-a-kind designs. Simple and poetic, his tables take inspiration from the organic shapes of eroded stone, and the amazing reflections of a deep blue sea. “My tables are a piece of furniture, a sculpture and a painting all in one”, says Julien, who finds in nature all his models. Committed to eco-responsible and sustainable practices, Julien uses fine birch that is cut in a way to minimise waste, and make the pieces as light as possible.

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