French ceramic designers Baptiste Ymonet and Vincent Jousseaume - AKA Atelier Polyhedre - will be presenting their new collections at both Maison & Objet in Paris and 100% Design in London this September.
'Landslides' is a series of geometric pieces initially developed for an exhibition.
In tune with their fascination with geometry and its complexity, Baptiste and Vincent established a new set of rules to experiment with. Following on from their earlier Zag series, they worked here with only three elementary shapes: the circle, the square and the rectangle to create a cup, a vase, some jugs and a console shelf.
Devoid of ornament, the handles, spouts and bodies are reduced to cylinders, cubes and bricks. The result is a near abstract, almost sculptural approach, with special attention given to proportions and unusual combinations. They echo some of the designers favourite great 20th century artworks: from Malevitch to Sotsass, constructivism, and its more minimalist offshoots.
Also launching this month is 'Secant'.
For this collection, the designers wanted to take their ideas for Landslides a step further and complicate the relationships between the elementary shapes and forms - breaking their own rules.
In this series, the cubic jug and cylindrical teapot forms are layered.
Shapes, like the rectangle, slice through the pieces to release a new energy. A poetic, enhancing disruption intended to unbalance the whole with a precise purpose. The invasive rectangle serves both as a handle and a spout in these first two objects.
The name 'Secante', captures the essence of these notions of lines crossing forms.
The jug and the teapot are made in glazed or unglazed terracotta, favoured by the designers for its rawness, in perfect contrast with the precise geometrical forms.