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Copper clothing rails

Cape Town-based designer, Lasith Madurasinghe, originally created these copper clothing rails and coat stands to use as shop fittings for his Falling Man clothing brand at his new space - Fast and Remarkable - in Woodstock's Salt Circle Arcade. Available either in a fully soldered or partly soldered flat pack, the products are made using a 15mm copper pipe with wooden rod inserts to strengthen the rails. Although they can be produced in custom-made sizes, the standard dimensions are 1,25 metres in length for the clothing rails and 1,75 metres in height for the coat stands. When asked why he chose this material, he replies, 'I'm a modernist and the decision to use copper follows the principle of appreciating the beauty of the material and the construction, without decoration. I enjoy learning new skills so it was rewarding also to learn how to cut and solder copper pipe.' And Lasith has done a brilliant job. Starting off with a prototype in 40mm of PVC pipe, he experimented with the design, first creating a square base for the clothing rail, and later changing it to a single rectangular base which proved to be more stable. Pleased with the final product, he adds, 'I enjoy the play between industrial and luxurious appearance' - and we couldn't agree more. While understated in design, the use of copper adds a beautiful raw element that is right on trend. And the pieces also won't date too quickly. As Lasith says, 'I hope that people will love the simplicity, durability and usefulness, so that this furniture will serve them well for many years'. Both the clothing rails and coat stands are priced at R1 100 each, using approximately the same length of copper in production. If you're in Cape Town, pop into his space at Fast and Remarkable, Unit 6, Salt Circle Arcade, 374 Albert Road, Woodstock (almost directly opposite the Biscuit Mill). You can also phone him on 074-180-4895 for more details.