Modern Contemporary Design


Biophilia ceramic vessels symbolise steps in a plant’s growth.

Details: A collaborative project between design studio Stoft and Swedish ceramic manufacturer Zol Art, Biophilia “describes man’s instinctive love and fascination for species, organisms and processes in nature” say the designers.


“The clay that for thousands of years has been shaped by nature has in this project formed new species.”


The collection consists of four organically shaped ceramic vessels, each one symbolising a step in a plant’s growing process. With their decreasing width, each of the vessels can be stacked inside one another, creating multiple possible combinations.


“The four objects represent a different stage in a plant’s life – from seedpod to bloom – with the shapes taking reference from the forms of each.”


“At a first glance the objects seem very ill-matched, perhaps like the seed before it blossoms or like a chestnut inside its shell, but at a closer view one can notice how they all have evolved from a common origin and form a unity.”


“The chamotte stoneware bowl ‘Capsula’ symbolises the protective seedpod from which everything begins.”


“Embraced by the coarse stoneware the ‘Petalis’ vase sprouts, a sheer porcelain vessel which has been allowed to blossom out like porcelain objects historically also have done.”


“The vase then branches out forming the pitcher ‘Truncus’, which draws its inspiration from how the craftsmanship and mass production of ceramics today struggle in different directions.”


“At the very top the small earthenware vase ‘Spore’ is resting, waiting to take root elsewhere by also functioning as a small vase for seedlings.


“With the project we wanted to challenge unwritten hierarchical rules to not mix stoneware, porcelain and earthenware objects in the same product family, and instead we have had the handmade production of the manufacturer Zol Art as the starting point for the collection.”

Source: Photos by Ulrika Kestere. Via MOCO Submit.

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