- Mongiardo Studio creates colour-shifting, three-dimensional tables for homes and offices.
- By using multichrome paint in their own way, the artists create tabletops that are almost magic.
- Taj Monjardo walked us through the steps behind creating one of these tables.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: These tables are an optical illusion. Depending on where you’re standing, the colours change. And on top of that, the flat surfaces of the tables have the look of something three dimensional.
Taj Monjardo and his studio team have mastered painting and carving designs into these tables to turn them into colour changing, multidimensional furniture pieces. But how do they do it?
He began working on this technique 15 years ago, but it’s still a tricky process that doesn’t always go as planned.
Taj Monjardo: It’s a terribly time-consuming process. It’s a terribly delicate process. It’s a very sensitive process that often goes awry. It’s not easy.
Narrator: The nature of cast acrylic is what makes it the material of choice for these projects. It’s easily carved into but is also extremely durable. Most importantly, it’s see-through, which is perfect for what Taj is making.
He works with his team to create unique designs for each piece. It’s crucial for them to keep the colour-changing paint in mind when creating the patterns and designs that will eventually be carved into the acrylic. Because the indents and crevices sit in alternating directions, the light hits them at different angles to create the hypnotising chrome effect. One section may appear purple, while the next may appear blue.
These designs are done on a computer and put into a CNC machine, which precisely carves it into the material. Then the acrylic is carefully cleaned to remove any dust or shavings from the CNC machine. This way, when the paint is applied, it has a smooth surface to sit on.
From this point on, the rest of the piece is done on the underside of the table, where the carvings are. Normally in painting, the primer is used before the paint, but Taj and his team actually found that doing this process in reverse gives the table its prismatic look.
The painting process starts with the dichroic paint, which creates the multichrome effect. On its own, it doesn’t really look like anything special. It appears simple and white. That’s where the black primer comes in. Because the multichrome paint is almost transparent, it won’t pop without the help of some colour for contrast. After the paint and primer process, the table is flipped over and the protective wrap is peeled off the flat top. The final peel and polish reveal the finished piece.
Taj and the team at his studio use the same technique to create a variety of decorative pieces. So, no matter what the project is, the colour-shifting effect can bring a little colour and magic into the home.
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