A Green Wood of Vases from Kähler





Design is supposed to amaze you and should remain beautiful to look at – including when not in use! So states ceramicist Marianne Nielsen, who made her début for Kähler last year with the popular Avvento candlesticks, which are now followed up by the Primavera vase collection. Once again, the trees of the forest have been translated into decorative everyday designs which turn function and form upside down – literally.

Four small ceramic leaf-bearing trees with green circular crowns – or a similar number of chubby vases with slim necks? Ceramicist Marianne Nielsen’s new collection for Kähler is called Primavera, which means spring in Italian, and the objects are neither sculptural ornaments nor functional vases, but both at once. The idea is to play with expectations

– and not least surprise the eye.

People are creatures of habit, and we look at the things we surround ourselves with in a certain way and thus we expect certain things to look a certain way. The Primavera collection turns everything upside down – both literally and figuratively. When an object is suddenly quite different from what we expect, we perceive it with fresh eyes. And then it acquires a new meaning”, says Marianne Nielsen.

She developed the idea for the dual function a few years back while working on a collection of unique ceramic pieces for an exhibition. It appeared to her that the contour of a leaf-bearing tree transformed into a classic vase – a globular shape with a long neck – when turned upside down.

Both designs are universal. If you were playing Pictionary and were asked to draw a tree and a vase, respectively, no one would be in doubt about what the drawings depict. In a positive sense, it is a very commonplace shape because it has been repeated indefinitely. And it is interesting to work with this recognition”, she says.

The challenge for Marianne Nielsen was to get the circular shape to provide a stable bottom for the vase so that it would be able to stand up straight. A seemingly insignificant technical detail, but of great importance to both the aesthetics and the function of the object. ”The solution to the problem was a ‘doughnut’”, the ceramicist says with a smile. At the centre of the treetop, the ring forms a small dent, which provides stability, while the recurrent use of rings in terms of the form language creates a connection between the different trees/vases.

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One Response to “A Green Wood of Vases from Kähler”
  1. I love these! so fresh and simple. great post
    anna @www.dailyvitamind.blogspot.com

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