MILAN — The design studio CTRLZAK expanded a design series they first produced for Maison Et Objet in 2011.
According to Designboom the initial tableware sets all worked from the concept of Eastern ceramic design meeting Western ceramic design. There was a solid, definite delineation between the two styles, but they sing rather than clash. This is a favorite theme of ours, ceramics that explain the history of ceramic art without text. We, of course, don’t need to tell you that china came to Europe from the East and that makers in the Western world began trying to imitate the works that had so enchanted them. This dialogue between cultures built the movement we enjoy today.
Apparently CTRLZAK was so happy with the set that they decided to expand it a little with ceramic-inspired rugs. Take a look over these works and let us know what you think in the comments.
About the Designers
CTRLZAK is a hybrid studio that integrates diverse disciplines and cultures. Founded by artists and designers Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, the duo’s creations are inspired by their experiences around the globe, their own rich cultural backgrounds, and the natural world that surrounds us.
The studio creates artworks, objects and spaces but above all points of reflection where form follows meaning. CTRLZAK’s projects and extensive research into tradition and cultural context create a new hybrid future by learning continuously from the past. Each project is a story waiting to be told, with a multitude of forms and endings. Each one experiments with diverse methods of narration where symbolism and irony go beyond aesthetics and functionality in order to make people contemplate their actions and the world that we live in.
CTRLZAK’s creations have been extensively exhibited in galleries around the world and their work has been selected by museums and institutions like MOMA, the Louvre and the Venice Art Biennale, to name a few.
Do you love or loathe these works of (not quite) contemporary ceramic art? Let us know in the comments.
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Rugs always represented a piece of somebody’s home and the themes depicted on them were people’s way to recreate their surroundings through their tradition. The rugs presented explore classic carpets’ themes of western & eastern culture ( not inspired by ceramics in this case) in a new genre predicting our hybrid future.