New from Pia Wüstenberg
By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell

Here's more about the new Transformed Stacking Vessels, in Wüstenberg's own words:

“I want to design objects that have a contemporary aesthetic and modern function but are made in a traditional way," Wüstenberg has said.

"The Stacking Vessels were born as an object to bring together traditional craftsmen and craft processes as well as develop a contemporary aesthetic using familiar materials and making techniques. Since the first collection was launched in 2011 the studio has grown and I have spent the past two years traveling Europe to find the right people to work with, and learning from these people."

Unstacking the Transformed Stacking Vessels reveals the three component materials: glass, ceramic, and wood.

"We now work with wood turners in Finland, Austria, Germany and the UK; ceramicists in the UK; a ceramic engineer in Germany; and glass blowers in Finland, the Czech Republic, and the UK. It is incredible for me to see how my drawings are transformed and translated into bowls in these various materials, and I am always surprised by the challenges that lie in a 'simple' process."

Each vessel is completely unique, from the ceramic base to the "slumped" glass to the live edge turned-wood top.

"The Transformed collection is the peak of the Vessels; the pieces are large, and as such technically challenging in the making. In the design I revisit the idea of the traditional and familiar reinterpreted into something contemporary. The Vessels are symmetrical from one angle, but the glass is slumped to one side, so once viewed from another angle, the Vessel becomes asymmetrical. It is a play on the archetype of the Vessel, and a new challenge for the craftsmen working to make the pieces fit."

Jaime Gillin


When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.

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