Luca Nichetto is showing Les Poupées, a candle holder in ceramic and a vase in glass elegantly combined into one object, at Stockholm Design Week 2012.
Poupées, meaning dolls in french, is the first collaboration between Italian designer Luca Nichetto and French gallerist Pascale Cottard Olsson in Stockholm. Though the Poupées series combines candle holder and vase in one, multifunction is not the intent of the project, "but rather the melting pot of different cultures" says Nichetto.
Asked to create a product for the french-swedish gallery, Nichetto's main aim was to capture different cultures coming together.
Drawing inspiration from Finnish, Italian and Japanese design tradition, Nichetto cites the simplicity and purity of Finnish artist and designer Timo Sarpaneva, as well as the combination of colors and materials used in Italian architect Ettore Sottsas' well known totem vessels, as two influencing sources. Japanese wooden dolls, called Kokeshi, also served as an influence for les Poupées.
Working in glass and ceramic comes naturally to Nichetto, as both materials are part of the Italian tradition and glass in particular is a material with which he is strongly connected, as he comes from a family of glassmakers on the island of Murano in Venice. Murano is also where he grew up and started his career.
Les Poupées is being shown at The Hallwyl Museum from the 8th of February
to the 4th of March 2012.
Photos: Jason Strong, Alexander Lagergren