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Steel at the Museum

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Upon a recommendation from the Groupe Cardinal Hardy, Montreal's museum of contemporary art entrusted architect Natalie Dionne with the task of designing a piece of furniture for its entrance hall; the piece, made entirely of steel, is now installed.

The piece was required to fulfil three needs: a place to greet the public, a counter for the coat check and bar during exhibition vernissages, and house a plasma screen that would act as a presentation aid for exhibits and ongoing events.

Natalie Dionne quickly decided to unite these functions in one single homogenous and comprehensive piece of furniture that would serve as a focal point as well as organize its surroundings.

This counter is of an impressive size and is assembled from large sheets of steel that have been extended, juxtaposed, folded and refolded origami-style.

Left in its natural state, the steel still bears the mark of the blue wave created by the hot rolling. The reverse side is painted apple green while the countertop is covered in quartz of this same colour.