Zinc Decay of Time Circular Coffee Table - John Brevard

John Brevard

Zinc Decay of Time Circular Coffee Table

A keen proponent of sustainability, Brevard’s handcrafted sculptural furniture aims to celebrate ancient materials natural to our earth. This circular coffee table is part of the decay of time series, a collection of zinc and petrified wood furniture. This collection features imprints of coral that had washed ashore due to the acidification of our oceans burned into the cast zinc.   

About the materials:

Zinc: Zinc is essential for the environment. Zinc is a natural element and plays an essential role in the biological processes of all humans, animals and plants. Zinc is an essential micronutrient for human health. Zinc can be recycled infinitely without loss of properties and quality. In addition to being sustainable during use, zinc also plays an important role during the end-of-life phase by reducing energy use, lowering emissions and minimizing waste disposal. In Brevard’s pieces, zinc provides high structural integrity and outstanding corrosion resistance. A thin layer of resin is applied to the table to seal the zinc and enhance comfort on skin.

Petrified Wood: Harder to cut than steel, the petrified wood used in Brevard’s works have solidified from trees into stone over hundreds of millions of years. All pieces are extracted in a sustainable manner with the utmost care. Brevard and his team search for the tips of these petrified trees emerging slightly from the ground in Indonesian rainforests. Using a skilled team of excavators, they carefully dig around each piece to slowly remove them. The pieces are not extracted with heavy machinery nor any forest damaging equipment. Extractions generally take 4 to 8 weeks and several labor crews of over 15 people involved. Once the material reaches the warehouse, the designer spends weeks to cut and polish one piece. Petrified wood can only be cut with diamond saws and diamond polishing pads because of the density of the material. It takes more than a full day to cut one small slab of petrified wood, not to mention the additional months it takes to create just one piece of functional sculpture. Each piece of petrified wood used in Brevard’s creations has a unique color, pattern, and grain. Due to the provenance, the color tones tend to range between white and dark brown/black. Therefore, each piece is truly unique.