lina alorabi
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sun ra

experimenting with functional forms

- 2015 -

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concept

concept

Minimal design at its finest can be found in the workshops of Cairo. Craftsmen fashion simple and functional objects from refuse. Simple clothes hangers and vanities were made from wood offcuts, nails and broken mirror. The nails that fix the mirror to the wall also serve as a hanger for a comb. An efficient use of material created exceptionally functional design.

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original concept

original concept

The original design utilized marble or granite off-cuts as a stable but space-saving base. A hanger for accessories made of a steel squiggle also supported the two metal rods that held a circular mirror.

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production development

production development

The design was revised to be fabricated from metal and mirror only. The hanger is now a laser-cut comb attached to a metal base. The addition of the comb led to further development to allow the design to be hung on a wall, now needing no table space and referencing the original inspiration directly.

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product

product

The sun-ra mirror can be hung on the wall, inside closets and on the back of doors. It has a 25 cm diameter mirror, a built-in shelf and well as accessories hanger. 

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