Malbec (etched) Table

​Lizz Aston & Jean Willoughby

Concrete, acid etching, red wine, walnut.

​Taking reference from the popularity of concrete counter tops; vinegar, brine, lemon juice and red wine provide the basis for exploiting and exploring the ways in which these caustic juices threaten to both mark and simultaneously decorate the surface of this resilient material.

​Through the use of natural food acid-etching, emergent patterns are uncovered, revealing intimate forms of abstracted line and lace-work embedded within the concrete.

This collaboration between textile artist Lizz Aston and furniture maker Jean Willoughby proposes to explore the devil in the details by examining the subverted interactions between each other’s respective processes.

An early prototype of this project was made for and exhibited as a part of an exhibition entitled Nexus at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

The final product was shown as a part of MADE Design's Radiant Dark: The Devil is in the Details, at the Toronto International Design Festival 2012, as well as IIDEX/Neocon 2012.

For more information or to view images of  our prototype and process work, please visit:

This project has been produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council

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Malbec Table