Large Jean Claude Dresse Coffee Table in Resin Inlayed with Agate
Jean Claude Dresse, cocktail table, resin, steel and agate, Belgium, 1970s.
This luxurious and artistic resin center table is a design by the hand of Belgian designer Jean Claude Dresse. The table consists of a resin tabletop, resting on lacquered steel feet. The oval shaped tabletop is finished with a naturalistic pattern and inlayed with large pieces of agate stones. Organic lines gracefully dominate the surface, flowing in an undulating manner. The Brutalist steel legs build up in solely horizontal and vertical lines, which is a striking combination with the organic tabletop. A piece that finds itself between the borders of furniture design and art. The side is signed stating "Dresse".
Jean Claude Dresse (1946-) is a Belgian artist and designer. He graduated from the art academy in Charleroi. His background of being a visual artist is clearly visible in his furniture designs as he uses artistic techniques such as mosaic and etchings. His oeuvre embodies designs made of precious metals such as brass and copper. Together with his father Marcel, he was a prominent figure in the furniture business in the 1980s and belonged to the artistic Walloon School that focused on glamorous aesthetics. After he and his father were successful as designers Jean Claude embarked on a career as a visual artist. Dresse designed many furniture pieces on commission, which means that a large part of these items is custom-made.
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