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 these Coquille 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.