PRAGUE — Designer Světlana Koženova has her background in architecture, but she’s also an incredibly skilled designer. We always like to see ceramics that eschew natural or biomorphic forms for ones that are solidly mathematical. It removes the messy human element entirely.
Her porcelain tableware set looks like it was rendered in wire frame on an old computer, an AI’s attempt at making a flower. The shapes are so precise. The exactness present in each vessel translates to the others, meaning that the effect is delightfully scalable. It’s not all angles, though; the folds give rise to volume within each individual piece, adding some texture.
Feel Desain says that the set refers to Czech cubism. The limited collection includes a small bowl, a sugar bowl, a cup with a saucer, a teapot, mug, salad bowl, dinner plate, soup plate and a desert plate.
Koženova works with the VJEMY design and architectural studio, which was founded in 2013 by brothers Adam and Samuel Cigler. They state that their design goals are for people to “read” the thoughts, feelings and moods present in each work. In this dinner set we can read a feeling of contentment that can only come with symmetry, knowing that everything fits and seeing that expand outward into infinity.
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