The Mercury Effect

South Africa
Rado Kirov

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Designer Rado Kirov developed a unique technique of manipulating a sheet of stainless steel by hand, using the inherent physical properties of the metal. The technique involves manipulating sheets of stainless steel under extreme temperatures to achieve a rippled surface that is mirror polished to dynamically reflect its surroundings.

The Mercury Effect technique is used to create artworks, both free-standing and wall sculptures, and bespoke architectural features that add an element of intrigue and delight. The durability of the stainless steel lends a flexibility to the numerous applications, making it suitable for both interior and exterior environments. As a material, it can be used for wall cladding, artistically covering pillars or fireplaces, flat wall or free-standing sculptures, and furniture.

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