The song used in the promotional video for Benjamin Hubert’s Seams is entirely appropriate. Here we see molds rotating and breaking apart into segments set to the sounds of tiny metallic gears and a simple music box melody. This is a mechanized, exact process, but there’s warmth here, too.
Seams for Bitossi Ceramiche is a series of five vessels which each use seams from the molds as their defining features. These seams are artifacts of a process which involved splitting the molds into segments and rotating them before the the firing process. More subtle than something like an artist’s stamp, the seams connect us back to the manufacturing phase of the design and, by extension, the maker of each vessel. The forms will never lose that heritage; Hubert is always there. It’s an idea Hubert’s played with before; his Loom lamp, for example, is made of a pristine white mesh material, but there’s a royal blue thread stitched boldly up the side.
Hubert studied industrial design and technology at Loughborough University in 2006. He started his own studio in 2007. He specializes in industrial design for furniture, lighting and product installations.
Bill Rodgers is a Contributing Editor at CFile.
Above image: Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche.
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Promotional video for Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi. Mechanized design appropriately set to Nannou by Aphex Twin.