CYPRAEA: Mauritius’ energy through furniture

Cedric Lincoln and Francesco Maria Messina create CYPRAEA and Mauritian aesthetics are reflected in breathtaking furniture.

One of the companies that attracted the most attention during the Milan Design Week was a Mauritius furniture design company called CYPRAEA. Its core is to fully reflect the energy of the country, blending nature and design so as to be perfectly in harmony with a touch of tropical. The goal is to become the first Mauritian ambassador of Luxury Design.

It was founded in 1974 – it is the oldest furniture manufacturing company in the country – but in 2016 a rebranding operation was carried out and it took the name of Mavenci (Maven that means wood experts and “Chi” that means energy in Chinese). 

Cedric Lincoln changed name two years after taking over the reins of the company; he started thinking about exporting the soul of the country internationally. To do this, he needed a designer who had a broad, open-minded vision that offered something fresh. He hires Italian designer Francesco Maria Messina in 2018, they create CYPRAEA (name of a seashell) that exports and introduces the best of Mauritius aesthetics in the rest of the world. 

The aim is also to focus on sustainability and show how the designer’s architectural sensibility is the soul of the current furniture collection. The pieces in the collection are a mix of ethereal, fine, simple but super-cared and detailed objects. Let’s take a look at them together.

Text by Elisa Scotti

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