Artist and designer Antoine Tesquier Tedeschi of Tes-Ted studio in Paris describes himself as someone who is genuinely passionate about nature. He says that he considers it his mission to share an ethical vision of a “preserved world” through his minimalist drawings.
That worldview shines against pristine white Limoges porcelain with Arctic Beasts, the result of a partnership with the studio and Esprit Porcelaine manufacturer. Antoine states on his web site that porcelain is a “noble” material; something that can inspire functional objects of all types and enhance the daily rituals of living.
The tableware set was designed by Tes-Ted last September for Revelations, the Fine Craft and Creation Fair in Paris. The white of the porcelain evokes the seclusion and grandeur of wildlife living in the world’s coldest (and most threatened) climates.
The designer says that the set is “a sincere tribute to iconic arctic animals, characterized by a majestic beauty. Living in the silence of wild spaces, peculiar to the northern regions, they face the extreme severity of one of the most inhospitable environments with a natural elegance.”
The plates, comprised in sets of six, are decorated with a minimal line drawing by Tesquier Tedeschi. Large and solemn, the animals are brought to the fore in the same way they would be if you spied them in a snowstorm. Most of the creatures appear to lock eyes with the viewer, a sobering feeling. It is like being confronted, not in a “nature, red in tooth and claw” fashion, but with a sense that these animals know our guilt and can communicate that at a glance. I feel compelled to apologize on behalf of my species.
The set sells for 662.50€ and is available here.
Fans of Tesquier Tedeschi’s drawing style may want to take a step beyond the plates and check out his wall-mounted animal trophies. It’s a way to claim lions, tigers and elephants for your home, but in a way that won’t get you pilloried across Facebook like typical big game hunters.
Bill Rodgers is the Managing Editor of cfile.daily.
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