Winnipeg-based designer Thom Fougere recently completed the Tyndall Table, which debuted in January at IDS12 in Toronto, Canada. At just over 11 inches high, the low-profile table appears to be floating on its steel structure.

The top is made of Tyndall stone that resembles the local topography and is quarried in the Winnipeg area. The natural texture comes from marine creatures burrowing into the stone, which gives it nice dimension. The stone is then planed to a relatively smooth state allowing for its unusual character to remain.

Fougere has left the stone unfinished so that over time the surface will degrade from gradual wear and spilled substances, slowly exposing fragments of fossils layered in the material. He describes the coffee table as “the nucleus of a living space; the central object around which dwelling patterns revolve: living, drinking, eating, loving, making, sleeping.”

Photos by Mark Reimer.