Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great Eggspectations

Throughout my schooling we kept hearing how skilled craftspeople were becoming a rarity and that the design and furniture markets were becoming more commercial and more machine made.  Well I have to say that Eric Chapeau throws that theory out the window. He is a member of the 'slow-food' movement rather than 'fast-food' with ultra complex finishes and applications, one of which is made from eggshells. It is an ancient Vietnamese technique where one painstakingly applies eggshells - one crack at a time - to a surface, whether furniture or part of an interior.  

His creations are absolutely unique as with all things in nature as he cannot control the cracks and what shape they will form.  He and his team have been sought after far and wide for this incredible technique and has even been commissioned by William Sofield to panel a room (image above) in thesCoquille d'Oeuf - a commission that took them around 10,000 hours to create.  I think that there is a depth and interest created with these pieces and the application of the incredible technique that is unparalleled.  


  1. Oh my goodness those are one of a kind for sure and a true labor of love and patience

  2. Oh wow, incredible work. Lots of love and patience goes into each piece, truly one of a kind.

  3. wow! What an interesting finish. I agree that it would create some depth and interesting visual appeal to a space.

    Thanks for sharing!



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