Cathérine Lovatt is a Belgian freelance ceramicist who’s portfolio of ceramic works has found me hugely impressed, particularly because of their minimalist aesthetic. Lovatt has designed for the likes of Serax, Domani and Belgoflor, and it is this beautiful collection of ceramic crockery for the Belgian company Serax, that I would like to share with you. Family Set, which includes plates, bowls, beakers, carafe and teapot, are made in stoneware clay consisting of six different basic forms based on the cylinder. Each piece from the collection is available for purchase through the Gosto online store. The teapot would make for a particularly good Christmas gift, in my opinion. Superb.
Designed by Japanese master Naoto Fukasawa, the ±0 (Plus Minus Zero) wire ware collection consists of beautifully simple black wire tableware objects (a bread basket, a toast stand, an egg cup and an egg carton) that you wish you’d thought of first. Plus Minus Zero seeks, essentially, balance as a leitmotif. With their brand and their ±0 symbol they want to communicate the concept of just right - be it in shape, in size, or in price. ±0 believes that designing things that coexist together is natural. It’s not just about matching colors or shapes; it’s about designing the harmony between these devices and life. Photography via designboom.
These delicate plates were created by Japanese company Metaphys. The inspiration for the set came from soft yet refined forms of bubbles and the way they gently connect to each other. Perfect for sushi or any food that requires use of souses and condiments, these plates come in various configurations of three and four. Designers think that Savone shapes will inspire the user to explore different combinations of food preparation and presentation. The divided plates are available in matte white, matte black as well as glossy white.
It was such a treat coming across industrial designer Julie Richoz’s project titled Thalie. The seductive forms, each composed of a frame made of spring steel, were cut to resemble a plate, a fruit bowl and a bread basket. Only a very fine piece of metal wire secures each piece together, the structure of the frame comes together fluidly, revealing the beauty of how minimalistic the concept is. Inspired by handcrafts like crochet or knitting, I approximated the characteristic of the metal sheet close to a textile quality. The chemical etching allowed to cut a sheet of spring steel in a very precise and fine manner in order to produce my patterns. To learn that this project was exhibited at the 7th annual Design Parade in Hyères, France this year, and that it was not a(nother) 3D rendering, is extremely gratifying.
The Moon Glass is a collection of ceramic cups, designed by Seoul based studio Tale. Created specifically for rice wine and sake, this unusual piece reflects phases of the moon. The bottom of the glass is curved in a certain way. This curve, paired with the colour of the beverage, creates the lunar effect. The glass shows a full moon when it’s full of liquid, then as your drink, it slowly unveils a half moon, then a crescent-shaped moon. I love the subtlety of the idea and aesthetically pleasing execution. Aside from the clever moon reference, these cups are simple and unembellished. Moon Glass comes in two sizes and two colours. Designers recommend to use the white version for coloured alcohol and tea.
Tokyo based Japanese designer Makoto Koizumi has created this beautifully simple and award-winning cookware series – Kaico. The series includes a tea pot, coffee pot, pasta pot with a steel strainer insert, as well as various sauce pans. Created in white enamel coated steel with maple wood handles, the Kaico series certainly has a classic yet rudimentary aesthetic to its pieces, as well as being durable and thermal-efficient. Because of the smooth, semi-gloss finish, the cookware is also easy to clean. These would undoubtedly be a welcome addition to my kitchen from a visual perspective, but I’d be interested to know if anyone has previously bought any pieces from the Kaico series and what their thoughts are.
This very simple and nice dining kit is from the Japanese company funfam which is specialized in producing bamboo dishes and cutlery for children. The designer, Tsuneyuki Fujioka, created this elegant designs for his daughter as a present for her second birthday. The kit includes a separate plate or bowl and utensils for each of 5 courses: appetizer, soup, fish, meat and dessert. Individual course sets are also available and are all offered in two different bamboo shades.