The Montréal design company mpgmb was founded in 2013 by longtime friends Marie-Pier Guilmain and Maud Beauchamp. Their partnership is bolstered by complementary design aesthetics that stress, according to the duo, “intuitive, spontaneous and witty collaborations.”
One of their newer projects is the Arizona Stoneware Collection, a collaboration with Montréal potter Christian Roy. The designers told Dezeen that the colors and the shape of the pots pictured here are references to the landscapes of deserts found in Arizona and Utah, even though the duo hasn’t visited Arizona yet. The set is characterized by rounded shapes that rise into ridged cylanders housing the cacti and succulents. The vessels can be supported on a fin base. The materials used for the vessels are glazed stoneware and unglazed terracotta with a color of a wood fiber panel.
The designers state:
“Taller vases are designed to hold cut stems, while more squat pots are intended for plants and simple shallow dishes can be used to create miniature rockeries. The range is produced in three finishes – terracotta, and black or white glazed.
“We drew a lot of shapes and tended to like the ones that were more geometric, almost mechanical,” said Beauchamp. “I guess we can’t escape our industrial design background.”
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