Meet Slow Stone: A New London-based Art Furniture Store⇒ Slow Stone is a London based ArtFurniture born after a collaboration between an artist and a scientist. “Stories of creation” was the first collection launched with the table ´Prometheus´ and the light installation ´Wings of Cherubim´ of the furniture store whose source of inspirationis the stone itself. Today CovetED tell you everything you need to know about Slow Stone.
Slow Stone is an art/furniture start-up born in London and made in Italy, revolving around the complexities of stone. In 2018, the scientist Roman Gonitel proposed an idea to the artist and designer Samantha Oriegien Swaby. He was curious as to how the design process could be flipped, instead of just designing a piece to incorporate a particular marble or stone, one could take time to see what the natural patterns occurring in the stone could dictate and evoke from the artist/designer.
Tables, lamps and furniture arise from the interpretation of a methodically chosen slab of marble where the design is dictated from the reading of its veins and inclusions. Slow Stone, slowly looks at each piece of stone, allowing it to speak and it will dictate the creation, it will dictate the design. It takes patience to contemplate each slab, waiting for one to reveal its story and reveal its hidden meaning. The debut collection is made from Grey Saint Laurent Marble and is inspired by mythology and esoteric meaning. Slow Stone’ creations are unique: never to be repeated and have been infinite years in the making.
Wings of Cherubim
While Prometheus was inspired by the figure of a human face, in Nommos the stone evokes the image of a turtle, an amphibious and terrestrial creature, often the protagonist of myths and legends. The inspiration no longer comes from Greek mythology but from the ancient traditions of the Dogon, a population originally from Mali who worshipped the so-called Nommos, also called “Masters of the waters”, anthropomorphic spirits from the system of the Sirius star system and settled on earth to dwell in a watery realm. The name Nommos is, therefore, a tribute to these mythological creatures that, like the turtle, are characterized by the double bond with the earth and water.