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.