The ‘Austere’ table possesses the visual weight and presence of marble but is actually an elegant fibreglass construction by the pioneering Italian artist and designer Augusto Betti (1919-2013). Betti was a traditionally trained artist and had a strong craft background gleaned from his apprenticeship the Faenza ceramics factory. In the 1960s he began exploring the design potential offered by resins and plastics, bringing his artistic vision to the production of space-age furniture. He went on to teach Professional Artistic Design at the Ballardini Institute in Faenza and held the chair of Theory of Perception at Institute of Artistic Industries in Faenza. Betti’s work is diverse and highly sought after by collectors.
The fibreglass construction is visible underside, which reveals its industrial process. The table has some surface marks and signs of wear to the fibreglass top and base. Provenance: heirs of Augusto Betti.