The Beauty of Copper’s Shifting Pattern by Daishi Luo

Table Talks
June 30, 2021
Wilfrid Chan

Daishi uses an extensive application of design and science to refine the behaviour of copper materials, highlighting the colour language from a biological perspective. The core elements of her bio-design process ranges from stimulating nature to designing nature and producing a natural creation that respects the properties of the material. Daishi enjoys exploring the biology of copper from a multidimensional perspective, showing a boundless universe through colour language, just like we see in the stars, nature, and the ocean.

Daishi used media, photography, painting, books, and sculpture to create these copper designs that naturally grew into these impressive patterns. She learned from using these resources how to make the natural copper change its colour. She explored colouring art and related metal crafts to maximise the release of the copper's vitality. She explored colouring art and related metal crafts to maximise the release of the copper's vitality. This is one of the most alluring things about copper, their ability to shift in colour as it ages.Allowing it to be admired as the years past, and finding appreciation in its development, as wabi-sabi teaches us.  This quality makes copper a intuiging materia lto be used in homeware and decorative items.

This research started in 2015 by Man-Man Studio, founded by young Chinese designers Daishi and Zhipeng, a husband-and-wife artist duo. Their successful creations, like the famous Melting Table, can be found as a collector’s item in the homes of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Roger Federer. Their artistry and craftsmanship is beguiling no matter the subject, with some creations more visceral in nature, whilst others have a playful charm.

Dashi and Zhipeng have dedicated their time to uncovering more about copper material and its properties within design and art. They feel copper is very much alive and a great way to demonstrate relationships between nature, materials and humans.They’ve developed their own way of craftsmanship and have also created a series of copper seats, coffee tables and home décor.

Zhipeng specialises in lost wax casting for contemporary furniture design, while Daishi focuses on testing the potential of materials in copper art growth. Together they concoct continuous experiments and explore different applications by harnessing the multiple states of copper from a physical and chemical perspective. Their creations are exhibited worldwide in galleries and institutions like Design Shanghai and beloved by several private collectors.

In the series 'Walking Vase', Zhipeng would focus on the structure for the project, and Daishi would devote time to the colour on the surface.

“Wabi-sabi means treading lightly on the planet and knowing how to appreciate whatever is encountered, no matter how trifling, whenever it is encountered.” - Leonard Koren