Inspired by Gregor Mendel who discovered interesting traits of inheritance while potting pea plants at the beginning the 19th century, The Mendel Project: Orchid Series is a line of contemporary furniture consisting of a cabinet and an art piece inspired by the natural and complex forms of an orchid stem cell. Designer François Hurtaud aimed at solidifying a hand-finished microscopic section of the plant cell with bronze. “This organic texture has been made possible by a judicious combination of both high precision of computer numerical control (CNC) machining and the unique expertise of skilled artisans,” explains Hurtaud. Over a year of research and development has finally made this pattern into a reality - now a structurally balanced yet naturally organic pieces of art.
says the designer. “This collaboration was an opportunity to showcase more than two decades of our metal finishing know-how” says Eric Chan, General Manager of AJING. “Sand blasting reveals the physical dimension of the intricate cells. The medium is then coated with several layers of bronze and undergo multiple surface treatments from undercoating, metal coating, aging to top coating.” A polished finishing brings light to an elaborate metallic coating. The Mendel Project debuts with the Orchid Series, produced at a limited edition of ten artefacts.