The big mosaiced coffee table refers to the element ‘water’ as the whole mosaiced furniture collection but its title “Blue Gold” emphasises additionally the importance of water in locations significant for its scarcity of rain and water.
The table incorporates the idea of the Indian stepwell reservoirs, known as baoris, which are famous for their architectural significance in particular in the Bundi District. Stepwells, which were first used as an art form by the Hindus built more than 800 years ago, are examples of storage and irrigation thanks, wells or ponds, in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps.
The bottoms of the big coffee table show both the reproduction of little stairs and colorful mosaics which refer to antique floors covered by water because of the changing sea level during the centuries. One part of the tabletop is covered by a glass, the other not as it permits a different view and perception of the used materials. The mosaics reflect onto the floor when the light above is turned on. The old table legs made of nut wood coming from 1860 are immersed in transparent resin in order to strengthen on one hand the old wood and on the other hand to show through the different heights the idea of the changing water levels. The whole furniture piece is hand-made using several Italian woods: chestnut, nut, cherry and elm.
Hillsideout [antique art design] is a joint project by Andrea Zambelli and Nat Wilms which came to life in 2009 out of a mutual concern and discomfort for the degradation of abandoned sites in the Italian Apennines. Hillsideout expresses the need to transform the state of uselessness but also forgotten stories into practical functionality.View designer’s page