Pangaea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras. It assembled from earlier continental units approximately 300 million years ago and it began to break apart about 175 million years ago. In contrast to the present Earth and its distribution of continental mass, much of Pangaea was in the southern hemisphere and surrounded by a superocean known as Panthalassa. Pangaea was the last supercontinent to have existed and the first to be reconstructed by geologists.
The Pangaea Stools each represent the pieces of the continent that went on to separate to become the world as we know it. Cave’s design approach of finding slabs of stone from the earth itself is a whispering metaphor of our connectedness to the planet beneath our feet. We remain grounded thanks to gravity and with modern travel we can travel miles over land and sea. Better yet, in a connected age, we can cross continents and travel through our ideas and identities. The age of furniture, speaks to the development of early man when prehistoric man began to make permanent settlements. From there it developed from the utilitarian use of tree stumps as seats, mossy areas to lie down in and rocks as tables to Greek, Roman and Saxon furniture as chronicled through time.