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Mortaise 750 - Cork ShelfBy Clémence Birot

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US$ 406



Material: Other

Dimensions: 25cm (H) x 75cm (W) x 6cm (D) / 9.8" (H) x 29.5" (W) x 2.4" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


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Artist Statement

The “Mortaise 400” and the “Mortaise 750” shelf are made of cork and metal, a confrontation of two materials, assembled without glue. A folded metal frame is embed in the cork slab. This allows for recycling of the product at the end of its life and avoids transportation constraints thanks to its flat packaging.

Clean lines, simple shape, and soft geometry. The drawings exploit fundamental shapes; curves, circles and ellipses. Softness is put under tension of straight lines and sharper angles, conferring energy to the shape.

These cork shelves highlights the quality of the materials with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. Inspired by mortise and tenon wooden joints. The metal is inlaid in the cork as a subtle detail. Simple and soft shapes without superfluous details for timeless design.

Attachment and material integrity. The object must age well to be kept and passed on. The materials are chosen for their aesthetic and technical qualities but also for how they evolve over time. Made in Portugal by craftsmen with outstanding know-how.

The cork offers a large panel of ecological advantages, from its production to its various possibilities of recycling. Cork oak is one of the tree species which absorbs the most of CO2 in the atmosphere, so its production helps in the fight against climate change. There’s no need to cut the tree to get the material. The bark regenerates itself every 9 years, thus, it preserves the forest and its ecosystem.


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Hometown: Paris
Based in: Paris

When I started my career in Copenhagen, Denmark, I discovered a design practice closely related to craftsmanship. The latter plays an avant-garde role.
Motivated by a free artistic practice and enriched by its know-how, it dictates the exploratory and innovative dynamic in the design process.

Thus in the design studios I worked …


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