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Not one for fol­low­ing the rules, home-grown de­sign prac­tice Up­stairs_ strives to in­no­vate and ex­per­i­ment, which makes their col­lab­o­ra­tion with MM Gal­leri a fit­ting one. “We were fas­ci­nated by the idea of us­ing a sheet of stone and stretch­ing its sur­face like a liq­uid form,” says Den­nis Cheok, the creative di­rec­tor of Up­stairs_. “The de­sign is not pos­si­ble if the method of bend­ing mar­ble does not ex­ist.” In­spired by the con­cen­tric move­ments of wa­ter rip­ples, Cheok wanted to recre­ate the rip­ple ef­fect onto the stone’s sur­face it­self to re­flect the move­ment of wa­ter. The re­sult is a mam­moth sculp­tural bench that fea­tures un­du­lat­ing waves with dif­fer­ent seat­ing groups of ver­ti­cal rip­ples. Re­sem­bling the look of sharp, com­pressed waves, this strik­ing fur­ni­ture mim­ics the con­cen­tric cir­cles of wa­ter rip­ples. The en­tire bench is clad in Apoca­lypse, a black gran­ite with thick white veins that has been cho­sen for its like­ness to the flu­id­ity of wa­ter. “We wanted the stone grain to ap­pear like a sheet of wa­ter, and saw a per­fect re­sem­blance with Apoca­lypse,” ex­plains Cheok. Not only does this bold piece stretch the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ni­ture de­sign, it also makes room for more in­ven­tive ways to ap­proach a rigid ma­te­rial like stone. “I’ve seen many im­ages of the MM Gal­leri show­room space, but it was rather mind-blow­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the mar­ble cave in per­son,” shares Cheok. “The show­room in­spires one to dream about new ways to work with stone—i would love to see how the mar­ble bend­ing tech­nique will cre­ate its own dis­tinct aes­thet­ics in time.”

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