The Contemporary Porcelain collection by Urban Cartel showcases the ordinary in objects, purposefully through its thoughtful execution. Partially-glazed and stripped from ornate-indulgence, these pieces are glazed internally but left in an organic state on the exterior. The pastel colourings paired with the soft muted porcelain, create a sense of transporting the user back in time; to a less complicated time. Melbourne-based Craig Pearce founded Urban Cartel in 2011. With a background in both Visual Arts and Hospitality Management, Contemporary Porcelain is a perfect fusion of true passion co-mingling. With an emphasis on clean lines and functional design, the resulting form is one that enhances the translucency of the porcelain and celebrates its un-celebrated use. This line of objects is incredibly beautiful. Produced with the urban dweller in mind, Urban Cartel has considered and ensured their resilience with our millennial lives. They have nailed it. These pieces are a pinhole peek into a future career that is one to watch.
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Dutch designers Studio WM have created a series of porcelain pendant lamps that operate on a pulley system inspired by shipyards in Rotterdam. Keeping the available colors solid and the design of whole system minimal and clearly functional, this series has been exhibited in one of many Lightness in Lines presentations by the studio, including the Salone del Mobile of 2012. While I love that it has been inspired by such a utilitarian mechanism, it is the notion that, for once, the pendant lamp’s height can be adjustable so efficiently while looking so elegant and sturdy at the same time that really appeals to me. You can read their interview with Elle Netherlands here and take a peek in their lovely studio.
Berlin based studio The Medley Institute is found and led by fashion designer Jana Patz. Since 2010 she has developed a constantly growing variety of sculptural but filigree accessories and bags, which she presents at Paris Fashion Week. She finds her inspiration in materials untypical for fashion, such as wood or porcelain. Her main aim is to make these materials correspond to the wearer and the surroundings. That is why – she claims – communication and conversation are the basis for all her work: There will be new ways of reflection and unexpected suggestions for wearable objects, accessories and pieces of jewellery. That is how the design will get to be a stunning single piece in an outfit and there will be a chance of a fusion between body, textile and object. The brand name incorporates these ideas perfectly. Besides the concept, I am very taken by the fundamental clarity and powerful appearance of pieces which are visually very subtle. The latest collection, Fold & Pleat, is a mix of pure and elegant leather bags accompanied by a selection of various accessories shaped by a clear geometric rhythm. A rhythm you can easily tune in to. Photography by Patrick Houi
The Fuji vase has been designed by Netherlands based studio toer for Belgian brand Serax. The piece is only seven centimeters high, yet, thanks to its low center of mass and relatively wide ground surface, it can easily hold a flower up to one meter high. Here is how designers explain their concept: The Fuji vase puts the focus on the flower itself. The porcelain vase serves as a steady base from which the flower can flourish. It draws the attention to the flower’s ability to delicately grow towards the sun. I love the subtle humour of the piece. Named after the highest mountain in Japan, the vase is intentionally tiny comparing to the flower it supports. I also quite like the fact that this shape allows displaying flowers diagonally and thus creating many different effects. The Fuji vase is made of porcelain and comes in six different colours.
French artist Nathalie Dérouet lives and works in Douarnenez, north-western France. From her ceramics workshop, she creates a range of exceptional porcelain pieces, including unique bowls, vases, pots and various containers, all of which embrace open space. Highlighting a few favourites from Dérouet’s many ceramic creations, it’s clear the inspiration behind these pieces are taken from Chinese and Japanese ceramics, countries where refinement and sophistication are present in many everyday objects, reflecting tradition and modernity. It’s the purity and simplicity of these extremely thin designs that appeal to me most. The smooth surfaces and uniqueness of each piece makes for certain wish-listing.
Australian artist and designer Belinda Winkler has produced yet another series to the evolution of her beautiful voluptuous forms, respectively named Gravity + Align + Brink. The collections evoke connections, sensually, emotionally and imaginatively, all embodying a recurring theme of light and shadow while playing on a sense of tension between the objects. Finished from a combination of porcelain and bronze, this minimalist artist describes the process as soft, dove grey dewy forms emerging from their moulds. Winkler has contributed to both solo and group exhibitions, having won awards internationally and within Australia, where she studied. She is based in Hobart, Tasmania where she creates her sculptures and public art. Self described as a maker by nature, her work is represented by the Bett Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania. Described as biotic minimalism, I find her work to be extremely beautiful, intriguing and playful. The performance that each piece plays on gravity, and the traditional expectations of form is incredible and challenges the imagination. Gravity + Align + Brink all tempt touch, be that with the eyes, the hands, the memory or the imagination where the relationship between forms, where curve almost meets curve, nearly, but not quite touching, creating a...
Taizo Kuroda’s pure white Ceramics collection is an inspired by-product of his close relationship with fellow Japanese artisans; architect Tadao Ando, designer Issay Miyake and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. They share the same sure discipline and taste in editing out all that is unnecessary. I am in awe, and filled with jealousy, of this association with such a collective muse. Ando describes Taizo Kuroda’s aesthetic, and dedication to pure white, to reflect the colour of his spirit in the unceasing pursuit of truth. I have an immense appreciation for the subtlety of this truth, and the beauty in the un-ornate. I find this bare-ness creates a sense of illumination in the materiality of the ceramic itself. The colour is described as a warm, milky white – something akin to that of Greek island houses seen in the Cycladic light of late afternoon – a magical colour that makes his ceramic wares seem to softly glow. I couldn’t agree more. The Ceramics collection is a fusion of forms that depart radically from the cold, technically perfect, moulded porcelains associated with Arita, Kakiemon and Nadeshima; the result being an almost accident of perfectly fused shapes and sharp considered lines. These embody the beauty...
Angle is one of the last products manufactured by the furniture company Calma, a project developed by the great Spanish product design studio SerraydelaRocha. They thus explain Angle: A project of an apparent simplicity, under which hides detailed technical work. Its geometry has been studied at the structural level for maximum rigidity of the simplest way, achieving a visual effect of lightness, with a thickness of only 13mm of porcelain. A table for large outdoor spaces – sculptural, architectural, protagonist, all aspects which will undoubtedly make this design the center of attention wherever it may be. I really think SerraydelaRocha achieved all the objectives they outlined for this project, with Angle being a perfect combination of lightness and simplicity with some aggressiveness and dynamism simultaneously, not to go unnoticed in any space.
Theurel & Thomas is a French pastry shop in San Pedro, Mexico. The design and branding company Anagrama, also located in Mexico, was responsible for the image of the shop. Anagrama’s vision for Theurel & Thomas extends from the interior design to the stationary and even to the chef’s uniforms. The central pastry of the shop is the French macaroon, therefore Anagrama made the macaroon the center of the design as well. Every non-edible object in the store is white. However the lack of color in no way represents a lack of design detail. From the chandeliers to the porcelain dishes to the wallpaper, every object was meticulously selected for it’s pure aesthetic delight. And among all this white, the tasty macaroons gleam like charms in a jewelry store. I am a huge fan of the simplicity of the single counter display. The arrangement of the macaroons seems to symbolize the delicacy of the pastry art. A precious dessert should be displayed like precious gems. Just as the palette treats each macaroon equally as its own flavor, Anagrama’s design gives each flavor of pastry equal precedence. The result is a stunning exhibit of color, yet the whiteness surrounding the edibles...
Studio potter Lilith Rockett started her career in ceramics in Los Angeles before moving to Portland. Her work, created by hand on the potter’s wheel, reveals a deep interest in the subtle qualities of the material: translucency, fluidity, density, and the velvety softness of an unglazed polished surface. Minimal in both form and surface, her work calls attention to subtle nuances of line or shadow, with a delight in the quiet imperfections that characterize the handmade. Rockett believes that interacting intimately with handmade objects enhances our feeling of connectedness and enriches our daily life. Everyday housewares in elegant white porcelain, I love it.
Thermal Cup is a design by the fantastic Copenhagen-based design studio Tools Design for Eva Solo. I really loved this cup since the first moment I saw it because each design solution is perfect for a good reason. How could you minimize the design of a cup? Take off the handle, create a double walled porcelain for a best insulation, and give it a soft, curved shape for a good ergonomics in your hand. It even has a silicone rubber base to protect surfaces and to avoid on your serving tray. Just great!
Simple, great material usage and good performance these Ceramic Speakers by Joey Roth are perfect for pairing with an aluminum laptop, iMac, or similarly minimalist turntable. Made from porcelain, wood and cork, Roth chose the materials not only for the aesthetic appeal they add to desktops, but also because porcelain’s density and “acoustical deadness” rivals that of wood or plastic enabling the cone shape. The upshot contrasts the thoroughly contemporary mix of textures and colors with a four-inch silhouette that conjures gramophones of the past. San Francisco based designer Joey Roth blew our collective minds way back in 2007 with his conceptual Felt mouse. We hope to see some more beautiful work from this great designer.