Creation of thirty nine tabletops for coffee tables according to the design of architect Tristan Auer for the “Les Bains” 5* hotel (formerly “Bains Douches”) Paris 3ème.
Length 95cm x Width 60cm
Photo credits: Christophe Bielsa, Guillaume Grasset & Paul Raeside
Tristan Auer says of the Rakku coffee table “I designed this table as part of the refurbishing of Les Bains – the historic Parisian nightclub….
One day, while walking past a shop window I saw some cups and bowls made of Raku ceramic. It is an ancient Japanese technique, invented in the 16th century, developed to make special bowls for the tea ceremony: Rakku indicates a very particular and complex firing process, which gives each piece a cracked appearance, with a random pattern, therefore unique. I thought it was a sign, the beginning of a new inspiration…
After some research, I finally found in the south of France Fabienne L'Hostis, an outstanding ceramist and raku specialist, who was willing to try the complex task of creating some big raku ceramic panels and use them as table tops...
When I think of it, I find myself liking the idea that constraints can set creativity free...
Hôtel les Bains
7 Rue du Bourg-l'Abbé - 75003 Paris