Naturae

”In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous”

ARISTOTLE

Over the last two centuries, Mauritius’ natural forests have been demolished to make way for sugar cane fields. Today, of the 259 sugar cane factories that existed on the island in 1858, only a handful remains. Sugar production, which used to be one of the island’s economy pillars, was replaced by tourism—an equal contributor to the loss of the island’s natural heritage.

Today, after just a little more than 400 years of human settlement, only 2% of the original forests remains. Many endemic animal and plant species have since disappeared.

Protecting nature and reducing threats to the diversity of life are at the top of the agenda. The government of Mauritius is in a quest to save the rare forests and endemic species from extinction. Certain conservation projects have even been successfully completed: the creation of the Black River Gorges National Park in 1994, and the initiation of protection measures for Ile aux Aigrettes and Île Ronde. Other associations, like the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation established in 1984, are still firmly fighting against the disappearance of endangered birds and plants.

One of Cypraea’s goals is to support these local environmental associations—notably Reef Conservation and Mauritian Wildlife—in their fight to preserve the island’s natural heritage. With this in mind, a percentage of Cypraea’s sales will fund these associations and help perpetuate our one-of-a-kind heritage.

Our Naturae Collection is an ode to the endemic nature of Mauritius. The pieces in this collection—Foliae, Mangrovia, Pieter Both, Barks—all celebrate the unicity of the island’s flora and geological features through the use of pure materials such as solid walnut wood, stone, lava stone, coral stone, marble, glass…

PIETER BOTH CABINET Walnut

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 items available worldwide

According to popular legend, if the mystical stone sitting atop Pieter Both Mountain toppled over, a terrible disaster would befall Mauritius.

Named after the first Dutch governor-general of the Dutch East Indies, Pieter Both is the island’s second highest mountain, distinguished for its giant rock formation resembling a human head. It is visible from many parts of the country, and one of the most distinguished landmarks in Mauritius.

Our Pieter Both cabinet, inspired by this legendary mountain and by the mystical balance of its top, stands virtually floating on a solid metal base. It is made up of solid walnut wood and real natural stone, and finished with premium Italian leather inside.

MANGROVE LOW TABLES Bronze (Set of 4)

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 units available worldwide for each module

MANGROVE TABLE SET – Walnut and glass (Set of 4)

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 units available worldwide for each module

BARK SIDEBOARD

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 items available worldwide

BARK CABINET

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 items available worldwide

Our cabinets draw their inspiration from the lush green forests that were prevalent on the island when the first settlers arrived in the 17th century.

The cabinet are made from 100% natural materials, and the front doors made of authentic natural tree bark and solid walnut wood. They are all hand-carved and hand-finished, one by one.

The internal wooden structures are lined in premium quality Italian leather with an “antique” gold hand-made finish and gold finished mirrored metal sheets. It features two solid wood shelves in genuine walnut wood.

The external skin is in solid American walnut, hand-finished and skillfully assembled into a natural-looking design pattern.

The legs are 100% solid casted bronze branches, welded together by hand, with an antique finish.

The top of the front frame lights up with an encased led light strip, highlighting the natural features of the natural bark doors.

FOLIAE LOW TABLE SET – (Set of 3)

Designer: Francesco Maria Messina
Year of Production: 2019
Limited Edition: Only 9 units available worldwide for each module