Northmodern 2015: Danish designer Troels Flensted has produced a collection of resin tabletops patterned with flecks of brightly coloured pigment (+ slideshow).
A series of oblong and circular surfaces made from a mixture of acrylic powder, resin and chunks of coloured pigment form the Poured Table range by Troels Flenstead – founder of Flensted Studio.
To create the tabletops, the liquid material is poured into a mould and the surface is sanded smooth to reveal bright pieces of aggregate lodged in the composite.
Flensted developed the process for his graduation project from London arts college Central Saint Martins last year.
The designer has recently moved back to his native Denmark in pursuit of more affordable studio space and presented the pieces at Copenhagen design show Northmodern earlier this week.
During the casting process of one piece, air bubbles that rose to the surface of the material were filled in with a darker pigment to draw attention to, rather than hide, the imperfections.
"It started out as a mistake," Flensted told Dezeen. "But it shows a bit of the handmade story, how the material is behaving."
"It's all about highlighting the behaviour of the material. It's the starting point of all my processes," he added.
The technique has been used to create both circular and rectangular tops for a series of metal-framed tables, as well as a teardrop-shaped mount for an exposed lightbulb.
"I find myself designing things with a big surface area to show off the material," said Flensted. "It's almost form follows function."
A length of black flex threads through two holes at the tip of the teardrop face, allowing the height to be adjusted.
The designer copied the form in solid pieces of wood – a material he has also used to create other items of furniture.
These include a triangular side table made from small pieces of hexagonal wood that hone in on curving sections of the timber's growth rings. Flensted made four versions of the Grain table; in walnut, cherry, beech and fir wood.
The honeycomb formation of the timber gives the table a ragged edge that allows various pieces to slot together.
Elements is a modular coffee table with removable lacquered platforms that can be used as a tray to transport beverages between kitchen and living room.
Northmodern concluded on Tuesday. Other products showcased at the inaugural year for the event included the latest homeware accessories by Menu and a series of pale oak furniture that incorporates plants.