Belgian design house, when objects work, focuses on work by designers and architects “whose work shares a preoccupation with basic forms, immaculate function and a timeless idiom”. Simple, beautiful, and functional, this collection features the JP Large Bowl (above), by architect John Pawson. A unique piece, it explores the interaction between material and form. The interior is filled with sand, allowing the bowl to rest at angles despite its shape.
Other pieces include this VVD Pottery, from architect Vincent Van Duysen. Each piece is composed of an earthenware container and a wooden plate. While each is similar, the diameter and height vary, determining the utility of the piece. Each is meant to work together, the collection is conceived of as an entity.
The pottery starts at $200 and the bowl begins at $750, so for the majority of us, these are aspirational art pieces rather than work that could have practical utility. I do wonder how these ideas trickle down through the design world however. Aren’t they lovely?