Rising Ocean

”Raising awareness of the pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever”

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Rising sea levels is one of the most alarming effects of climate change. Average sea levels have swelled over 23cm since 1880, with about three of those inches gained in the last 25 years alone. Each year, the sea rises another 3.2mm. This phenomenon is induced by three primary factors: the melting of Greenland ice sheets and poles ice caps, the thermal expansion of ocean waters and melting glaciers.

The change in sea levels is linked to three primary factors, all induced by ongoing global climate change: the melting of Greenland ice sheets and poles ice caps, thermal expansion of ocean waters and melting glaciers.

Coastal erosion, wetland flooding, aquifer and agricultural soil contamination with salt, and lost habitat for fish, birds, and plants are only some of the possible consequences of rising waters. Atolls and small islands are the victims of these phenomena.

Also, higher sea levels are causing the formation of more dangerous hurricanes and typhoons that move more slowly and drop more rain, contributing to more powerful storm surges that can strip away everything in their path.

ILE MAURICE LOW TABLE (Lava stone)

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

This collection aims to create awareness about this global issue and to warn that some of the Islands of the Mauritian archipelago like Agalega, Diego Garcia, Rodrigues and Mauritius are already experiencing severe disasters linked to coral barrier reef death, coastal erosion and more violent cyclones in recent years.

The low tables Ile Maurice and Ile Rodrigues are respectively made of lava stone and coral stone, and the tempered glass tops are designed to recall the shapes of the two islands.

The peaks that are above the tables represent the higher mountains – Piton de la Riviere Noire in Mauritius, and Mont Limon and Mont Malartic in Rodrigues that would be virtually the only “survivors” to rising ocean waters.

The tables aim to create a strong contrast between the clear, transparent, wet-looking glass top and the rough lava and coral stones. Also, the glass tops that represent the ocean surface appear to be floating.

ILE RODRIGUES LOW TABLE (Coral stone)

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