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Charlotte Jonckheer makes side tables from recycled paper and stone dust

Belgian designer Charlotte Jonckheer has created two side tables with stone tops supported by curved recycled paper and stone dust legs.

The two side tables are named Chaud, which is also the name that Jonckheer has given to the paper and stone composite material she developed to make them with.

The material arose out of research that Jonckheer was conducting into how outdoor materials like stone could be made to feel warm and soft to the touch.

Chaud is a handmade material, created by pressing together recycled paper pulp and stone dust. While the sheets of the composite is still wet, they can be configured into any shape using a mould. As it dries in the air, the material takes on a dappled texture and a pale, stone-like aesthetic.

The variety in the recycled material’s colour and texture means that any object made from it has its own signature look and feel.

“In my design language I like to contrast strong graphic lines with soft materials and tactility,” Jonckheer told Dezeen. “Here you have two materials that have similarities on the surface but have a completely different feel and material qualities.”