ArchiExpo e-Magazine - #17 - Ceramics Are Us - ArchiExpo e-Magazine

Ceramics Are Us

Top designers around the world are playing with ceramics, from the eccentric to the everyday. This issue offers information on those such as Jamie Hayon, NENDO, Moooi and Marcel Wanders and more.

We take you inside the Normann Copenhagen Flagship store with designer Hans Hornemann, then to the French Alps with design brand By Hands.

Don’t miss more on Sebastian Herkner’s transparent house for International Interiors show IMM. Our contributors bring additional information on IMM from young living trends to the Touching Tales exhibition.

We’ve never really understood why creativity has to be put in a box and labeled.
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Mark Isitt, a freelance writer and journalist based in Sweden, frequently moderates during the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. During the event, he interviewed Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for ArchiExpo e-Magazine.   Edward Barber (Shropshire) and Jay Osgerby (Oxfordshire) could hardly come from anywhere but...

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Ceramics: easy to control and free at the same time
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Top designers around the world are playing with ceramics, from the eccentric to the everyday. In parallel to those such as Jamie Hayon, NENDO, Moooi and Marcel Wanders and more; ArchiExpo identifies one of many key design specialities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, England, Japan, Australia, Russia and South Africa. Check it out.

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Shapes and sizes will range from the avant-garde to the experimental, the utilitarian to the venerated.
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In our modern-day world we have found a multitudinous array of uses for ceramics. You might be surprised to learn that ceramics play a significant role in such specialities as hip replacements, electrical insulation, superconductivity and space travel. Yet it is our relationship with and use of ceramics on a daily...

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    It’s like a lab because we can experiment and try new techniques,” Caroline Ziegler told ArchiExpo.

    Working in their 12 square meter office in Paris, Caroline Ziegler and Pierre Brichet founded Studio BrichetZiegler in 2010. They sketch and conceive interior design objects in collaboration with companies like Oxyo, Sancal, WayPoint and MOUSTACHE.

    In 2015, Ziegler and Brichet began a new adventure and created their brand By Hands. Objects drawn in the Paris office are then handmade at their workshop in the French Alps.

    By Hands gives life to Ziegler and Brichet’s ideas that “are too complicated to produce in large series.” Experimenting with wood, metal, brass, concrete, leather and glass, they make product designs sold on onlineCaroline Ziegler accepts a call from ArchiExpo e-Magazine:

    ArchiExpo e-Magazine: What are some new materials and techniques you have worked with?

    Caroline Ziegler: We can work with anything; we just have to discover how it works and how to use it. For the Dalle Flottante Trays we use concrete, which is rare in small household objects. We also use a hammering technique to make the lampshade of Ombre Portée and the shape of Fleur de Peau vase. We started with a sheet of metal then hammered and welded it so that at the end we had a sculptural shape. It’s covered with a special iridescent paint that forms to the metal accentuating the true surface.

    Photo 1: Lampe Ombre Portee, By Hands – Photo Credit: Baptiste Heller; Photo 2: Plateaux Dalle Flottante, By Hands – Photo Credit: Baptiste Heller; Photo 3: vase Fleur de peau, By Hands – Photo Credit: Baptiste Heller

    ArchiExpo e-Magazine: Does the concrete make the Dalle Flottante Trays heavy?

    Caroline Ziegler: No, we used a lightweight concrete. We made a special order edition too, which looks like someone threw ink into the concrete when it was still liquid. There is a spread of color in the middle of the concrete. Currently, we are working on a luxury version. It’s made with walnut and ash wood; instead of concrete, we use a brass mirror.

    ArchiExpo e-Magazine: Can you tell us about your Under the Skin product for FAVORIS by MOUSTACHE?

    Caroline Ziegler: It was a special project for an auction party with 60 international designers. We made a lamp using fabric from Kvadrat. We layered gold fabric, cardboard and blue fabric. We wanted it to look like an insect. From one angle it looks like an African mask, from another the shape of a woman; it is a very poetic object.

    Ziegler and Brichet are currently working on an office-furniture line and a light and furniture line.

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    The International Interiors show not to miss, IMM Cologne ran successfully from January 18 to 24, 2016. This year visitors are talking about the collaborative exhibition “Touching Tales,” put together by Alcantara textiles and Damn° magazine. It stole the show by fusing serene style into the hustling and bustling fair.

    The collaboration commissioned four of the freshest design agencies to experiment with Alcantara’s microfibre. Formafantasma, Moritz Waldemeyer, Anton Alvarez, and Henrik Vibskov presented their creativity at the show.

    Vibskov concocted “The Science Spooner” installation with its very ‘meditative science lab’ feel. Fifteen cone-shaped vessels suspended from the ceiling “in a grid formation” exemplified Alcantara fabric in dark and medium green tones.

    A motorized mechanism enabled the cones to move up and down, allowing their pointed tips to slowly dip into glass containers containing a bit of water. LED lights shine through the perforated cones.

    Visitors entered and exited the space through a curtain of green Alcantara that surrounded the rectangular space.


    Mark Isitt

    Mark Isitt is a freelance writer and journalist based in Sweden, specializing in Nordic architecture and design, and a frequent moderator during the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair.

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    Margot Dougherty

    Margot Dougherty is a writer and editor living in Venice, CA.

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    Rory Gale

    Rory Gale is an English teacher, interpreter and writer.

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    Amelia Card

    Amelia Card is a freelance writer and author currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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    Gerard McGuickin

    Gerard McGuickin is a freelance design writer and a blogger.

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    Olga Sterkhova

    Olga Sterkhova  writes and translates in three languages: Russian, English and French.

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    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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    Hilary Edesess

    Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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    Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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