[me] rror – Mirror

by Etienne Bastormagi Lebanon

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[ me ] rror – noun mir.ror ‘mir-er, mi-rer
1: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection
2: a: something that gives a true representation – C.G. Bowers
b: an exemplary model

The object created by BORGI | BASTORMAGI for “sense-me” by SBODIO 32 for Milan Design Week 2017, questions the relationship of the body with its reflection. While looking at yourself is another mundane activity; it is, in reality, a moment of connection with the self. Seeing yourself in parts, hiding other ones, [ me ] rror allows the user to reconstruct their own perception of themselves through a scattered reflection of fragments. The take on this product by the designers, shatters this view, highlighting parts of the whole and never the entire, allowing for imagination to flow, pushing the user to create a different view of themselves.

[ me ] rror is designed with metal rods and surfaces.

Partially geometric, partially sculptural, partially sleek, partially raw, partially stable, partially fragile, it holds an urban edge, inspired by Beirut’s urban landscape and signage. The design aims for equilibrium between its parts, a balance aimed for, daily, by the urban dweller.

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Nada Borgi and Etienne Bastormagi share many interests and a matching professional journey. Trained as architects and urban planners, they both worked in large practices before establishing their own individual architecture studios. BORGI BASTORMAGI was founded in 2016 when Nada and Etienne were invited to participate in Milan’s Fuori Salone with their [me]rror project, an installation designed to reflect fragmented body parts. Both Nada and Etienne live and work in Beirut, drawing inspiration from their surroundings and daily lives. Fusing tradition with modernity, their designs are influenced by everyone’s attempt to find moments of balance and harmony amidst the chaos of the city. In their free time, they used to spend long hours in cafes drawing in their sketchbooks. Drawing nights eventually became more focused on product design. Etienne’s artistic background and Nada’s interest in designing through narratives drafted the vision of BORGI BASTORMAGI Their creations hold an urban dimension, while putting the user at the centre of the design - they aim to question the relationship between body and space, suggesting different behavioural patterns and offering playful experiences that defeat gravity and equilibrium. The choice of materials is based on BORGI BASTORMAGI’s inclination for minimalistic forms and techniques. Recent projects include a three piece furniture collection named Hyphens which was showcased during Maison & Objet at the Lebanese Embassy Residence in September 2019 and a range of objects designed for the Sursock Museum Store in Beirut. At IMM Cologne 2020, Nada and Etienne presented Beirutitude: Design & Architecture in Revolutionary Times, a talk exploring design processes in Beirut’s current tumultuous political landscape.
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