Total Exposure Table is a minimal table designed by Berlin-based studio Vaust. Taking a closer look at the composition of this different way of creating architecture the studio stumbled upon a very distinctively characterizing and mesmerizing building material called exposed aggregate concrete. By simply washing out a thin layer of concrete after taking off the mould of building parts the exposed material shows the gravel, which is holding the concrete together. The artificially generated result can be adjusted by changing the concretes recipe. They deep dived into this topic and created their very own personal formula to get to the perception of aesthetic interpretation. Inspired by the formal language of Berlin’s brutalist architecture and driven by the studio’s aesthetics they developed a series of seven interior objects.
They demonstrate simplicity in form with a strong focus on material and a unique interpretation of proportion and material composition. Exposed aggregate concrete is put in context with carefully brushed and waxed aluminum as they create a unit. Some pieces celebrate the material as they simply consist either of pure metal translated into a soothing formal language or paying an homage to nature when giving bigger gravel pieces a stage as a ceiling hanging object. The “Total Exposure” series is their attempt to give a nearly forgotten and repelled material a new renaissance. It is their answer to paying tribute to the city they live and love.
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