CaCO3 by Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly

Samples for CaCO3 show stone structures at various stages in the process of fossilization.

After studying the geological process of sedimentation in the French region of Auvergne, Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly decided to grow their own stalactite-inspired structures. 

‘Stone is extracted from the earth, carved, cut and assembled to fit a purpose. It cannot be moulded or constructed. Technological progress allows mankind to design matter itself, but could stone be cultivated or grown into a desired shape?’ 

These are questions Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly asked themselves before embarking on their CaCO3 project. Inspired by the growth of stalactites, the designers grew a series of stone objects around 3D-printed skeletons. The structures were left to fossilize for weeks in specifically chosen thermo-mineral springs.

Laura Lynn Jansen and Thomas Vailly presented CaCO3 as part of the Happy Future exhibition with collective Dutch Invertuals during Milan Design Week. 

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