Graphite is a minimalist series of wooden bowls created by Switzerland-based designer Carlo Clopath. Graphite are lathed wooden bowls with a thin graphite (mineral) coating (surface). The graphite – familiar to everyone as writing substance in a pencil – is applied to the completed wooden surface on the lathe (rotating): the result is a thin, shiny (metallic), reflective, (deep) black surface – whereby the timber grain is partially shining through. The (experimental) surface fundamentally changes the character of the material – from woody, warm, soft to metallic, (cold), hard: and yet the bowls also have a fragile (ceramic, glazed) character. The bulbous rotational bodies reflect light and mirror the surroundings.
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