When an architect looks to design a new building, he will not only take into account the exterior style of the finished building, but also the flow and design of the interior. A well-designed building should look great from the street, but should also be set up in a way that makes it easy to navigate once you step through the front doors. Beauty and functionality can then work hand in hand, which translates perfectly to items created for use in the home. It sometimes takes an architect to be able to create that perfect balance, which is what the products delivered by When Objects Work hope to achieve.
One of the designers whose work can be found through When Objects Work, and carried here at Fitzsu, is Vincent Van Duysen. He is an architect from Antwerp who has turned his ideals of interpreting classical forms into functional pieces into a series of ceramic bowls that can serve multiple purposes within the home. These pieces follow the principles we have discusses already, which is that something can look beautiful, but still have a useful purpose beyond aesthetics. That said, let’s take a look at both the appearance of the bowls, as well as the multiple ways in which they can be employed.
The bowls come in a variety of colors that instantly make you think of nature. There are browns that you would expect to see in mighty trees, as well as lighter shades of grey that evoke visions of an overcast European sky right before rainfall. They are simple hues, chosen, one would think, for their serene, almost organic feel. Each of the colors complements the other perfectly, meaning that you don’t have to stick to the same color in order to feel as though you have a perfect set. This is a collection that is designed to be mixed and matched.
This notion is backed up by the fact that the ceramic bowls come in three different sizes, as well as coming with lids that are in three different widths. What this means is that you can have stackable storage options that will help you save space, as well as a truly unique kitchen canister set that you can change out to create a look that fits your mood or style. That’s not to say that this canister set has to be confined to the kitchen, though, or even necessarily used as a canister at all.
The colors and design of these pieces are such that they would not look out of place in the living room, dining room, or office. They can be used to store all manner of items, or even as a decorative art piece that you might not have thought off. Stacking each of the ceramic containers creates a unique design piece that will make you think of the shelves in a potter’s studio. Mix and match, then stack, and you can create a different look for every room in your home.