It’s difficult to characterize Dutch designer Lisa Grahner’s Clic Ceramics. After watching two videos about these nine magnetically interlocking tableware pieces, they appear, at first, to be a conceptual exercise with little functional logic.
However, when used in smaller combinations the components of the design system make more functional sense. One can choose to attach a handle to the tea/coffee pot or not. The bowl turned upside down becomes both a cover and a little bowl. As shown below, one can build a serving platter out of small and large platters. All of the components are attached by 2-millimeter neodymium magnets.
Despite these functions, at its current stage “clic-and-build” is conceptual and playful, but further exploration of the concept promises more utilitarian applications.
Lisa Grahner pursued her studies in Holland at the Art Academy of Maastricht and honed her design acumen at Front Design in Sweden and with Aldo Bakker and Marcel Wanders Studio in Amsterdam, where she worked for three years. Lisa has created pieces for the German porcelain maker Kahla, such as her Mind the Gap teacup which won a Red Dot Design Award.
Grahner credits Innalox/Telegen and RWTH /Aachen for helping with the project.
Lisa Grahner’s Clic Ceramics in action.
Clic Ceramics link together with Neodymium magnets.
The nine components of Clic Ceramics
Prototypes for the extra cup design
Prototypes for the spoon design. Photos by Denis Koval, courtesy of Lisa Grahner