The Table Mountain Ariel Cableway Co. (TMACC) recently embarked on a project to upgrade its restrooms, situated below the Café, on top of the mountain. The technical team in consultation with MLH Architects did extensive research and design work to ensure that the longevity and environmental considerations of the new ablutions met world-class standards. Measures were also taken to ensure that far less water is used going forward and that interior decoration and outfitting met modern levels of quality and excellence.
Heather Moore, creator of Skinny laMinx, was commissioned by Managing Director of the TMACC, Sabine Lehman, to design a fynbos-inspired wall installation.
“We chose Skinny laMinx as we wanted a Cape Town artist and liked the organic feel of Heather’s design as well as her use of clean lines, which we thought would be site appropriate,” explained Lehman. Moore met with project architect, Belinda Young, to look at plans of the bathrooms, as well as the colours and materials being used to fit them.
“It was interesting,” said Moore, “to get an insight into the limitations imposed upon the design, just because of where it is situated.” An example of which being transportation of the seven metre long panel for the ladies restroom; it had to be designed in a way that could be split in order to successfully make it up the mountain.
A walk Moore took on Table Mountain and the plants she sketched along the way inspired the design. Back at the studio Moore turned these sketches into paper cutouts, which were later developed into a design for the installation.
She used tertiary green, yellow and grey tones, reminiscent of colours seen in the mountain flora, and fitting in with the 1950’s colour palette that inspires much of her work. The panels were made of Perspex, digitally printed with the Skinny laMinx designs and then attached to the walls in a gentle curve.
Going to the ladies’ has never been more beautiful!
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