Welcome back to Spotted, our weekly round-up of our favorite findings from the worlds of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. As Milan Design Week (April 4 – 9, 2017) wraps up, we want to share with you our top favorites. Let’s jump in with Italian designer Matteo Cibic’s anthropomorphic vessels.
We’ve showcased his succulent aliens touching on his year-long project to create a vessel daily, and now, Cibic’s exhibition at Design Week was the apex of that endeavor.
The designer imbued each vase with a “persona”, as he calls it, by including extra details such as handles that jut out like ears, or pipes that branch out like the trunks of a cactus.
Up and coming student designers from the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne showcased their works exploring the grey area between art and design in their More Rules for the Modern Life exhibition.
The set-up of the exhibition is intended to play with ideas of scale, shapes, colours and materials in order to defy what Georgacopoulos describes as “pre-established categories”.
Olivier Van Herpt
Check out Olivier Van Herpt’s Holy Handmade! wallpaper exhibition.
A non-denominational temple to design, Holy Handmade! leads a ritual celebration of divine inspiration, high craft and the sacred union of miraculous materials, the maker’s mark and the odd infernal machine. Mindful of mindfulness and the collective spiritual quest, we’ve tasked a host of design talent to reimagine ritual, rework worship and reconsider the communal.
Mayra Sergio’s coffee fueled Sensorial Shelter began as an investigation into what brings a sense of belonging to people. Sergio explains: “Being a foreigner myself, I started questioning how the spaces and objects around me interfere in that feeling.”
Food carries a highly evocative power that enables one to feel ‘at home’ through the physical ritual of preparing it: the look, smell and taste. It has the power of momentarily becoming architecture, of sheltering our bodies through our senses. My personal story and fascination led me to choose coffee as my material.
During the days of the fair, I will perform making bricks out of coffee and building up this sensorial shelter. Each day the installation will gain a different shape and this fragile, powerful and impregnating shelter will grow or collapse.
Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin
Get a look at these composite pots formed from lost mass produced forms from design duo Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin.
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