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The AQUA FOSSIL Collection Turns a Solid Into Liquid

A standout discovery from this year’s Design Miami/ was part of Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design’s 10th year participating – Amarist Studio’s AQUA FOSSIL collection. Amarist Studio is Clara Campo and Arán Lozano, who met in their hometown located in the Pyrenees mountains, surrounded by nature and craftsmanship. As they grew up, the two began sharing concepts and ideas that eventually led to forming their own creative practice. The duo enjoys blurring the boundaries between contemporary art, design, and craft, creating evocative and functional works, which they’ve done here through lighting and mirrors.

Aqua Fossil Light I

The AQUA FOSSIL collection takes the viewer on a journey to a landscape of unknown nature to reveal the molecular composition of its main material: Alabaster Stone. The evaporation of a sea millions of years ago led to the formation of this white stone with translucent properties. Its molecular composition is composed of only two molecules – H20 and CaSO4 – which could be described as fossilized water. Now, the area is a desert in the Ribera del Ebro area, where deposits of this mineral are extracted almost like buried treasure. Amarist Studio reinterprets it as a moldable element.

Consisting of five pieces, the series includes AQUA FOSSIL Light I, AQUA FOSSIL Light II, AQUA FOSSIL Mirro I, AQUA FOSSIL Table Lamp, and AQUA FOSSIL Wall Lights I. AQUA FOSSIL Light I is the first to be created with this new technique, where the stone takes on the visual elements of liquid.

abstract sculptural table lamp on pedestal in front of light pink wall

Aqua Fossil Light I

lit abstract sculptural table lamp on pedestal in front of light pink wall

Aqua Fossil Light I

lit winding sculptural hanging light fixture suspended from ceiling

Aqua Fossil Light II

lit winding sculptural hanging light fixture suspended from ceiling

Aqua Fossil Light II

lit winding sculptural hanging light fixture suspended from ceiling

Aqua Fossil Light II

six abstract wall mirrors hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Mirrors

abstract wall mirrors hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Mirrors

abstract wall mirrors hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Mirrors

lit abstract sculptural table lamp on pedestal in front of light pink wall

Aqua Fossil Table Light

five abstract wall lights hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Wall Light I

five lit abstract wall lights hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Wall Light I

detail of abstract wall light hanging on pink wall

Aqua Fossil Wall Light I

Clara Campo and Arán Lozano of Amarist Studio

To learn more about Amarist Studio, visit amarist.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.


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