Fort Standard’s monolithic cabinet defies the material properties of soapstone

In its ongoing Qualities of Material series, New York-based studio Fort Standard challenges conventional limitations and current applications of natural materials such as wood, stone and leather.

The collection comprises a number of structural experiments within the context of furniture.

The latest instalment, a monolithic cabinet, is an exercise in soapstone.

A stack of three rectangular components, made almost entirely of this compact variety of talc, rests on a low maple base.

Conspicuous door hinges almost bely the mass and density of the stone.

A classic triangular relief milled into the outer surfaces of the cabinet minimizes the actual weight of the piece.

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Photos Brian Ferry

This project was featured in Frame 113.