Mar

18

yes please – attia

I find myself completely smitten with Australian tabletop line, attia. Not only do I love their sense of design, but the philosophy behind it. The attia range inspires a warm minimalism that celebrates the human rather than the machine. Attia values products that are energized by the makers touch, things with soul – and loves the patina that time and use leave behind.

Their line consists of ceramics in black and white and natural wood pieces. Their focus is on natural finishes – matte rather than gloss – muted tones and shades mix with the natural tonal shifts that wood provides. The rounded, irregular shapes have a primal, organic sensibility that I love.

…and oh yes… there’s the egg cup.

To see more visit them at attia.

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Mar

09

… and glass installations

In case you didn’t go poking around yesterday’s post, there’s more. Not only does Caroline Swift make starkly beautiful ceramics, but she has also created these amazing glass installations as an exploration of delicate hand-blown spheres of glass and their sculptural possibilities. The fragile, shiny bulbs are tied crudely with raw, dark wires – again speaking to the contradiction between raw and refined that I love so much. And I love these, whether hung in a group or alone they make such an interesting and appealing statement. So much so that I thought they needed to stand alone in their own post.
All pieces are made exclusively by hand, by Caroline in her studio in Barcelona. To see more or to shop for her pieces visit her at Caroline Swift.
All images and information are courtesy of Caroline Swift. Thank you so much for letting me share your beautiful work.
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Mar

08

too good to put in the cupboard

These are the stories that I like. Caroline Swift studied Industrial Design for textiles in Scotland. She worked for almost twenty years designing knitwear for luxury markets, working in New York, England, and Italy as head of knitwear design for Benetton. What a great time that must have been. Benetton truly transformed knitwear. They pushed the conventional boundaries of the material and created a highly-successful global brand out of it.
But that’s not what this is about.
After a sabbatical, Caroline started developing ideas for food for a book she was writing, but could not find plates that she liked for the images for the book… it was this which led her to start making her own ceramics.
Her approach to all areas of design are linked by one underlying philosophy – to create products that are pure and natural with beauty and integrity.
And she does just that with her collection of ceramics “too good to put in the cupboard.” This collection explores the interaction between displaying delicate ceramic pieces as an art form on the wall and the practicalities of using the pieces in everyday life. I love how the bare, unglazed bone china is presented on long rusted nails, the raw, exposed elements in their simplest forms.
All of the ceramics in the collection are made from bone-china and most are left unglazed, to show the beauty of the bone-china itself. It is, without exception, the most challenging ceramic material to work with but it’s color, beauty, and strength are unprecedented. It is this strength that allows it to be worked so thinly, whilst still retaining its durability.  It is this contradiction between fragility and strength, between the raw and the refined, that I love about her work. I daresay she pushes the boundaries of this material as well.
All pieces are made exclusively by hand, by Caroline in her studio in Barcelona. To see more or to shop for her pieces visit her at Caroline Swift.
All images and information are courtesy of Caroline Swift. Thank you so much for letting me share your beautiful work.

 

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Feb

12

yes please – iittala taika

I love the Taika dinnerware collection from Ittala. The magical and mystical, folkloric animals on the pieces lend a sense of storybook reverie, while the saturated blue suggests the hushed wonder of night. Narnia meets Goodnight Moon.
“Taika” is the Finnish word for magic. Designers Klaus Haapaniemi and Heikki Orvola want the illustrations to inspire imagination and storytelling. The Taika Collection is available for purchase from Velocity. If you like these you might like the dinnerware from my November post “From Russia With Love.” So love!

 

 

 

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