Ado Chale (b. 1928 Belgium) Over a career that spans nearly half a century, Ado Chale developed an international reputation for creating art furniture that incorporates exotic minerals and other decorative natural elements. As a young man instead of continuing in his father’s cabinet workshop, Chale studied ironwork. On a trip to Germany, he discovered the world of minerals in a Frankfurt “rock shop”. Gradually, a pastime became the focus of his career. He opened his own mineral shop on Brussels' famous Avenue Louise in 1965. Rather than just sell impressive specimens, he took pieces of malachite, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, elephant tusk, petrified wood and other natural oddities and included them as the main decorative element in his own furniture creations. Chale often sourced these exotic materials on his travels to places such as India, Brazil, Afghanistan and Arizona. In addition to mineral mosaics suspended in resin-epoxy, drawing on his educational background, he has also completed works in cast metals. Chale’s low tables and consoles are the most sought after examples from his oeuvre. Many of his tables rest on his signature tripod bases. His work is included in numerous royal and public collections around the world.