Dating lamp lava
The oversized pebbles come in various shapes and sizes suitable as floor pillows, loungers and footstools.
A ragged, rocky edge lends a sense of gravity to this natural stone table by Lex Pott.
These reversals have happpened repeatedly over the planet’s history, sometimes lasting hundreds of thousands of years.
We know this from the way it affects the formation of magnetic minerals, that we can now study on the Earth’s surface.
They are often associated with stories in which rubbing an oil lamp would summon a genie dwelling in it, like seen in Aladdin.
Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights.
An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source.
Shades gave lamp makers an opportunity to shine a light on their sense of aesthetics, whether it was to create a romantic background glow or an eye-catching centerpiece.
In small towns and rural areas the latter continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified and light bulbs could be used.
Sources of fuel for oil lamps include a wide variety of plants such as nuts (walnuts, almonds) and seeds (sesame, olive, castor, flax).
The variation from the raw natural finish to the smoothed-out table legs on the other side tells the story of the Belgian bluestone table’s creation, from the rock quarry to the final polishing of the finished product.
An unusual series of sculptural tables consists of volcanic volumes held together by brass pegs and straps, visually and symbolically invoking Mt. ‘De Natura Fossilium‘ aims to “bring both the landscape and the forces of nature together as facilities for production,” actively using the lava from the volcano in various manipulated forms.