Best of #ceramics

Wide architectural arches covered in tiles, experimental vases that resemble coloured cakes, high tech products: ceramics is more popular than ever.

Jie Yang, Coexhistence vase collection, 2016
Japanese firing techniques combined with digital drawing techniques, traditional Spanish tiles in contemporary houses, playful ceramic postcards and high-tech ceramic timepieces, ceramic as a hyperreal imitation of reality or as an experimental material mixed with natural combustible components. Ceramic is more popular than ever in these ten stories for the weekend.

– Blending structure into landscape, AL_A designed in Lisbon MAAT museum to allow visitors to walk over, under and through the building that sits beneath a gently expressed ceramic arch.

– Located in the Catalan Empordà, the country house designed by Arquitectura-G is a sort of labyrinth with a myriad of enchained rooms distributed in three different levels.

– Built to achieve the maximum energy efficiency and out of a low construction budget, Oh Lab designed a house in Mallorca that needs very little energy maintenance.

– Jie Yang created a collection of vases that juxtaposes solid geometries with natural shapes, combining ceramics and porcelain with natural combustible materials.

– The ceramic postcards designed by Alessandra Baldereschi for Bosa hide unexpected elements that can be removed from the background and used as a gift.

– Konstantin Grcic renovated the iconic timepiece by Rado in high-tech ceramic, applying a velvety matte finish and renewing the typography on the dial.

– The Fitting Pieces collection is a collaboration between two Hungarian design firms – Maacraft and Kezemura – based on the shared values of human centered, loveable design.

– Benjamin Hubert has created Charge Tray for Bitossi Ceramiche, a collection of slip cast ceramic trays with an integrated induction charging system.

– The concept of imitation has been dominating ceramic production for some years now. Cersaie 2016 confirmed this trend, leaving however glimpses of other important new style directions.

– Combining digital graphics and Japanese raku firing technique, young Austrian firm Karak opened its doors to the public during the Vienna Design Week.

Top: Jie Yang, Coexhistence vase collection presented at the London Design Fair, 2016.

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