Jens Praet, ‘Prototype 'Processus' dining table’, 2014, Sebastian + Barquet

Prototype for the edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P.

The Processus series, manufactured in Turkey by the Iznik Foundation with the assistance of Praet's studio collaborator Lara Karaso, highlights the design process, as well as the hidden components that result in a final structure. The patterned, hand-painted Iznik quartz tiles that cover the European walnut understructures may appear to be purely decorative. However, the pattern of the tiles actually illustrates the blueprint of the design, including the honeycomb cardboard inner-core and aluminum guides. Furthermore, the Processus series exhibits how Praet relies on traditional materials to contrast his contemporary emphasis on process.

Series: Processus

About Jens Praet

Designer Jens Praet elevates humble materials into works of art and transforms trash into usable objects. After graduating from the master’s program at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007, he established his studio in Italy’s Chianti region. Praet broke onto the scene at 2008’s Salone del Mobile with One Day Paper Waste, a table made of shredded magazines in collaboration with Droog Design; since then he has created additional pieces for the shredded collection in collaboration with ELLE Decor and Fast Company magazines. With a conceptual, avant-garde approach combined with traditional techniques, he has created high-end furniture from chipboard and made tables that reference the melting Arctic icecaps.

Belgian, b. 1984