Prior to reaching us as unique MAFFAM FREEFORM lace furniture, basalt has already had an astonishingly long “lifetime”. Initially hot and pulsatile, basalt is located in the Earth’s upper mantle, until it is subdued by volcanic forces and driven to the surface of the Earth.
Basaltic lava is very thick and flows slowly. When cooled rapidly, its cellular networks form astounding hexagonal columns. Basalt is a rock that can lie happily at unbearable temperatures as well in the cool depths of our oceans, where it comprises majority of the Earth’s crust.
Remarkably, when looking at the Moon, the dark spots that can be seen on its sunlit surfaces are the so called lunar seas, which are areas that have been formed by basaltic lava floods! In fact, basalt can be found even further than the Moon - not only does it form a large part of the surface of Mars, but basaltic lava eruptions can also be observed on Jupiter and Venus.
With MAFFAM FREEFORM you can get a sense of the most extraordinary environments -you can discover Atlantis, or travel into space and reach planets that nobody has ever set their foot on!
Basalt is also extremely useful right here on Earth and it is an excellent material for preserving heat. Nowadays, basalt is used in beauty care, massages with hot stones (basalt stones) and also as an alternative to fibreglass. Even the ancient Romans used basalt in road construction and, voilà, these roads are still functional today!
Basalt fibers originally come from USA, where the firsts attempts to create them were made as early as 1923. After World War II, they were largely used in USA as well as Europe and USSR in military aircraft manufacturing, and until 1995 the material was barely known by the general public due to its classification as confidential.
SIA “Maffam Freeform” 18.08.2016. ir noslēgusi līgumu Nr. SVK-L-2016/691 ar Latvijas Investīciju un Attīstības aģentūru par aktivitāšu veikšanu pasākumā “Starptautiskās konkurētspējas veicināšana (uzņēmējdarbība)”
Raimonds Cirulis is the creator of the MAFFAM FREEFORM workshop - the first and only workshop in the world where basalt fibers are tamed to transform them into furniture.
The unique weaving technique used in the creation of MAFFAM FREEFORM products is extremely demanding and there is currently no technology available that allows for an automated manufacturing of this type of furniture, meaning that each piece is hand made from beginning to end, thus allowing for the emotions of the weaver to become part of the design. As a result, each design is unique, each piece of furniture is different and each lace pattern - irreproducible.