Designer Max Lamb’s china granite project materialized during a two-week residency program organized by the Chinese international gallery exposition (CIGE) and alexander von vegesack of the vitra design museum, as an artistic response to Chinese culture and industry.
On his first day at an Li’s local quarry in nearby Pai Fang village, Lamb was able to roam around freely to select pieces of granite he felt were suitable. he found a number of irregularly shaped, but rounded pieces that had been pushed over the peak from the quarry on the other side of the mountain.
To develop the forms of each piece, Lamb sketched onto their surfaces with wax crayon, responding to the natural contours and inherent characteristics of each stone. each piece of granite suggests a different application of cuts to give function to an otherwise redundant boulder.