Swirling patterns top tables
by Elisa Strozyk

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Milan 2014: fluid compositions of coloured glaze cover the ceramic tops of these metal-framed tables by German designer Elisa Strozyk (+ slideshow).

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

Strozyk created the table tops by covering them with different liquid glazes, which were then mixed together by rotating each piece and blowing air across the surface.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

This technique makes the glazes "pool and mix together", creating "traces of fluid movement and smoke-like patterns, which are solidified in the heat of the kiln," said Strozyk.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

Shades of grey, blue, brown and white swirl and blend together on the table tops, which have a reflective glass-like finish to them created by the glaze.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

"Glazing clay is one of the oldest techniques to decorate products of everyday life," said the designer. "The process of firing transforms the liquid suspension of metal oxides and powdered minerals into various glass-like surface-finishes."

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

Strozyk also carved criss-crossing lines into the glaze on the surface of one table, allowing the ceramic base to show through the rust-coloured shades decorating the top.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

The round ceramic tops sit on simple metal frames, which come in copper and steel and are available in three different sizes.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

The tables were shown as part of the Berlin Design Selection in the Ventura Lambrate district of Milan last week.

Ceramic tables by Elisa Strozyk

Photographs are by Studio Been.