Pétrifications is a project by Swiss designer Krzysztof J. Lukasik, drawing on inspirations as diverse as Dan Graham, Ettore Sottsass and Tauba Auerbach, which has allowed him to bring his interest in design together with his love of literature. The idea struck when he became dissatisfied with leaving his books opened at the page he was reading, on a table or on the floor.
Pétrifications a collection of five triangular geometrical forms of several different dimensions, made of various kinds of stones, and destined to be used as bookmarks for various types of books, magazines and newspapers. His material choices were prompted by a desire to echo the marbled paper used for the covers of old books in traditional bookbinding. The project also also fulfills Lakasik’s wish to divert this material, which is “too often limited to tombstones, from its common use; to give back its nobleness to marble – that used to be the stone temples and palaces were made of – and to usher it into our homes through the front door.
Alexa Karolinski stands in front of the Samuel Freeman House, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles built in 1923.
Photography: Claire Cottrell
This is an artwork intended to occupy different areas of your home over time, creating new relational experiences in areas you may have become “blind” to from over-familiarity. This piece asks you to re-see the arrangement it sits with as a group of colors and forms, and how the perception of that grouping changes with the introduction of this color and this form.
Limited Edition of 25
Thomas A. Clark x Book/Shop