MORNE

Standing at 500m altitude on Le Morne Brabant mountain, one discovers a magical seascape where the shallow seawater meets the deep sea. With a desire to capture this unique seascape in Mauritius, a set of room dividers featuring patinated copper sheets was designed.

Expertise

Observational Research, Material Experimentation, CMF Design

Year of production
2018

Dimensions 

D 35 x L 770 x H 2200 mm

Material

Black Wood, Copper Sheets

Scale

1:12

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WHERE TWO SEAS MEET
The seascape is located at the south-west region of Mauritius. The distinction in the blueness is due to the difference in the amount of blue-light reflected by the seawater.
BRINGING NATURE INSIDE
The aim of the project was to design a furniture for hotel lobbies that introduce tourists to this unique seascape. The outcome is a set of five room dividers.
Copper patina experimentation
COPPER PATINA
By applying ingredients such as salt and vinegar on the surface of copper, oxidisation occurs. This results in the formatn of rich colours (blue and cyan) and textures (speckles and blobs). The surface is left untreated so that it continues to patina with time, mimicking the constant change of the seascape.
DESIGNING A COMPLEMENTARY FRAME

To contrast the heaviness of the copper plates, a sleek design was chosen for the frame. A plus-shape base was chosen to allow the partitions to be placed at an angle to each other.

 

In line with creating a sense of localityMungonha wood (Breonadia salicina), a common timber found in Mauritius, is used for the frame

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Morne - Art-cum-Furniture
ART-CUM-FURNITURE
As a set, the partitions function as room dividers. But individually, they become display pieces that highlight the copper patina. This dual functionality allow buyers with to either purchase a single partition or multiple ones.
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Creating an abstraction of Le Morne Brabant's seascape through copper patina