Paulo Michaël DE VRIES
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“To me, the desire to create a design that is timeless is always slightly bewildering,” says Paulo de Vries. “Because what people expect from an object changes over time.” Taking Ikea’s Billy, the biggest-selling bookcase worldwide, as a case in point, Paulo has created a chipboard bookshelf for the baroque era. Instead of being functional and flexible, cabinets in Louis XIV’s time were meant to express their owner’s elevated status. This need to impress dramatically affected the appearance of furniture. ‘Billy Baröck’, ornately fashioned from IKEA’s cost-effective materials, represents the clash between two eras with widely different views on what a cupboard is.
The Queen Victoria era is said to have lasted her entire reign (1837-1901 ). Her domain spanned Great Britain and Ireland. These countries had progress in industry, politics, science and the military. She also had a tremendous influence on fashion, behavior in general, but especially in the elevation of tea and the status it enjoyed ever since: not just a beverage, but also a true necessity for civilized living. The emergence of a merchant class helped to propel teatime into a daily event. This transition meant that teapot makers had to kick into high gear, competing with each other for the most elegant and ornate designs.
So what would the teapot makers create if they were alive these days?
Probably, they would have used the most advanced techniques available at the moment. Since a couple of years, it’s possible to print porcelain, which pushed the boundaries.
The impossible crafts teapot is created within this new set of boundaries, but with the design philosophy of the 19th century craftsman kept in mind. The basic shape and its proportions are typical for the Victorian era, which is still a very beloved style these days. The decorative elements are an enlargement of the painted flowers, which were very familiar on the teapots. These flowers where painted as an ultimate symbol of elegance. The more detailed in the flowers, the higher in class was the owner. This pot is going to be available soon.
MOZART, BACH & STRAUSS SOAP
Mozart soap is a handmade soap with a subtle fragrance, produced in the Netherlands. Every soap is completely unique.
The idea of this soap was born during a project in the 2nd year of his study at the Design Academy Eindhoven. During this project he was questioning himself why esthetic changes so rapidly. Why did people hundred years ago have a completely other perspective on beauty than now a days? And why has our taste changed from rich ornamental to abstract. These ideas were eventually combined into the Mozart soap.
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