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Peca's Petra dining table celebrates the "raw beauty" of volcanic stone

Peca's Petra dining table celebrates the "raw beauty" of volcanic stone

Mexican design studio Peca has created a monolithic table made entirely from black volcanic stone, which is shaped and finished to express the material's unique natural qualities.

Led by designer Caterina Moretti, Peca developed the Petra dining table to celebrate the varying textural properties of the porous black stone as well as its cultural significance.

Petra dining table is pictured in a volcanic location
Peca has designed the Petra dining table

The natural, local material was formed through the same volcanic activity that has shaped Mexico's terrain and is deeply embedded in the region's traditional craft culture.

"When conceiving the Petra table, two things were in our minds: the appreciation we have developed over the years of working with the volcanic stone but also the symbolism of it," Moretti explained.

"The Petra table calls to mind the mysteries of nature and their sacred play in our day-to-day lives."

Image of the Petra dining table in an interior setting
The table is made from volcanic stone

Moretti's studio, which is based in Guadalajara, designed Petra to showcase the skill of local artisans who are able to shape the stone into practical objects that harness its unique structure.

The table is entirely hand carved from volcanic stone, taking around 10 to 11 weeks to produce.

Detail image of the top of the Petra table
It can be used both indoors and outdoors

It consists of three chunky columns supporting a pill-shaped tabletop, with each point of intersection marked by a polished stone disc on top.

A series of straight lines carved by hand across the width and length of the tabletop draw the eye towards these three polished sections.

The smooth, shiny discs were designed to symbolise the molten rock that was thrust up from the Earth's core to form the rugged mountains of Mexico.

"The piece's design is one of a kind: a contrast between massive proportions and graceful lines, a harmony formed of delicate forms and bold textures," Peca said.

Image of the table top and legs of the stone furniture
The design has tubular legs

Alongside the tabletop's raw natural surfaces, the lines and circles create what Moretti describes as "an abstract map" of shapes and textures.

Peca says the table, designed for both indoor and outdoor dining, is "filled with the force, warmth and raw beauty that defines what being Mexican at its core means".

The Petra table is among five projects shortlisted in the furniture design category at this year's Dezeen Awards. Other projects in the running including a worktable with integrated storage by Snøhetta and a low-slung seating collection made from solid oak by EBBA Architects.

The photography is by Andrés Alejo.