Dubai 2019 – New York-based designer Fernando Mastrangelo has created THE CAPITAL COLLECTION, a trio of sculptural mirrors – Aurora, Marina, and Sahara – defined by hand-dyed sand as their primary design material.
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THE CAPITAL COLLECTION pays tribute to Dubai by weaving a geographic narrative of how natural resources propelled the city’s emergence as a powerhouse of commerce and architecture. Mastrangelo is known for using the history, geography, and landscape of particular regions to inspire his collections and inform his materials and methodology.
The Sahara mirror honors the historical importance of Dubai’s quintessential elements, sun and sand. The Marina mirror pays homage to the impact of waterways and architecture in Dubai’s man-made cityscape. The Aurora mirror celebrates the opulent beauty of sunsets in Dubai.
“I was tapped by the Downtown Design team to showcase in Dubai. With THE CAPITAL COLLECTION I interpreted the city from afar, as a foreigner, in order to comment on the essence of Dubai that is translated to the world at large.” Explains Fernando Mastrangelo to Archipanic.
The result is “an intrinsic part of my artistic process is interpreting the landscape, history, and essence of a unique region through my sculptural language.” Each piece in the collection is a unique tribute to the region and offers viewers a chance to visit Dubai through their own reflections.
All photos: courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo.
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