BARCELONA — Get a load of ceramic designer Xavier Mañosa’s extraordinary FANG Collection tables with their oak tops and hand thrown porcelain legs — each unique as Mañosa allows the medium to express its innate characteristics.
They are just as they are when they come out of the oven at 1250º. This is where the table’s name, Fang is from, which in Catalan means ‘clay.’
Two versions were made: One in which the legs are in black enamel with a glossy finish and the oak table top tinted black to match. The other has a natural textured finish with a natural oak top.
Though known for its delicate and refined nature, Mañosa’s porcelain legs appear to float their heavy oaken tops in a game of ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board.’ The secret: an interior steel structure reinforces the legs.
Mañosa’s tables are complemented by a new collection of vases made with the same materials. The super thin hand thrown vessels with their gaping lips askew are deliberately made imperfect to ensure that each one is unique.
Mañosa inherited the artisanal tradition and family workshop finding his place in contemporary ceramic art, designing his own distinctive pieces.
This is not Mañosa’s first venture into creating ceramic table legs. He is a member of design studio, pottery workshop and family business Apparatu, which recently worked with Dektonclay to create innovative forms. You can read other Cfile write-ups on Apparatu here.
Photography by: Eugeni Aguiló, Manu Da Costa, Mermelada Studio, Portrait by: Jara Valera
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