Spectacular metalwork by Bronze Age Studio lights up Xigera Lodge’s interiors
Bronze Age Studio played a key role in the design, manufacture and installation of an extraordinary amount of custom-made metalwork at Xigera Safari Lodge. Handcrafted bronze, copper and brass surfaces bring warmth and tactility to the camp’s interiors thanks to the skilled workmanship of the Bronze Age team, headed up by sculptor Otto du Plessis and industrial designer Charles Haupt.
The studio’s orientation towards nature-inspired imagery is everywhere on display at Xigera, whose interiors are adorned with unique botanical designs. The team turned architect Anton de Kock’s lily-inspired design for the main lodge fireplace into reality.
Each guest suite has a uniquely designed timber wardrobe with etched brass doors depicting landscapes and botanical scenes taken directly from the surrounding Moremi Reserve. These were based on drawings of baobabs, palms and other plants common to the Delta by Trevor Potter, a resident artist at Bronze Age.
The bathrooms and dressing areas in the suites have custom-made brass basins inspired by lilies and fungus forms, shower plates resembling a bed of lily pads, and twig-shaped hooks and handles.
Du Plessis’ bronze animal busts greet guests as they enter the main lodge from the reception area while a number of Num Num tables by Haupt bring the thorned forms of the Natal Plum shrub into the lodge’s interiors.