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Designed by Studio ThusThat
ThusThat continues their exploration of extractive systems of mining and metallurgy through an architectural form language and an unusual material use. The Prospect Lamp combines patinated copper with slag, a byproduct of producing metal, in such a way that the materials seem born of the same ilk. The asymmetry and cubic constructions echo a brutalist language familiar to the cityscape, while the dark tones are contrasted by a warm inner light; a combined effect which hints to the necessity of metals like copper for our built environment and the comfort of the services we enjoy. Copper and its extraction become a focal point in these pieces––a rich metal on which we profoundly depend on, particularly in the age of renewables and electrification. And yet, our untethered extraction of this metal for seemingly immaterial services comes at immense material costs.
The name of the piece, “Prospect”, is taken from bygone mining days of prospecting, while also hinting at the optimism we carry in our continued exploitation of the mineral world.
This Is Copper Collection
Copper is ubiquitous to our modern world, yet it is largely invisible. It is the first metal used by humankind, and it is crucial for a renewable future: a wind turbine alone can contain up to five tonnes of copper, and ten tonnes of the metal are needed per kilometre of high-speed railway.
But what exactly is copper? The metal we know is only part of a much wider material story. Mining overburden, tailings, metal concentrates, rare metals like gold and silver, sulfuric acid, sulphate solution, slag, and more.
All of this is copper, or in other words is a direct result of processing, using, and recycling copper. This project exposes and proposes potential uses for some of these overlooked byproducts as the search for evermore copper continues.
About the designer
Led by KevinRouff and Paco Böckelmann, ThusThat bridges collectible design with material science to create pieces that are strong, simple, and direct in form, keeping the complexity packed within the materiality itself. Their work with wastes of the mining and metallurgy industries have received widespread recognition, exhibition, and international awards, with pieces in the permanent collection of the London DesignMuseum and Design Museum Gent.