Sometimes we need to undress design from a show-off attitude in order to rediscover the beauty of simple shapes able to bring back good memories. Vincent van Duysen pottery collection for Belgian brand when objects work does exactly that adding an organic and contemporary twist.
The wooden and earthenware collection hones the subtle but intense palette of a Northern European sky with a sober but warm design that feels like memories: always new, but reminding us of things we have known.
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Each piece is composed of two elements: an earthenware container and a wooden plate. whilst the angle of the curve and the smooth profile of each pot are fixed, the diameter and the height of the vessels vary, these shifts in scale determining whether the container framed is a bowl or a platter. The thickness of the wooden plate which serves as both cover and plinth is also variable.
Van Duysen’s collection is conceived as an entity: an evocation of the shelves of stacked vessels in a potter’s studio. The slight irregularities in the surface of the clay and the soft, weathered grain of the wood define a certain material roughness that is critical to the character of the collection.
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when objects work is the vision of the owner Beatrice de Lafontaine. A Belgian company based in Brugge, who produces and distributes exclusive objects designed by leading designers and architects whose work shares a preoccupation with simple forms, immaculate function and a timeless idiom From its first collection, launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2001, when objects work has developed its theme of decorative art as beautiful domestic equipment.