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Handmade Nature by Daniella Saraya

«Alongside the emotional work, the project also had a research motivation – the observation of nature in order to understand the different processes it undergoes in time (…)»   This project is actually a development of my final project, at my B.A. in jewelry design –RE-COVER- in which I dealt with the formation of a person’s character, in comparison with the processes of crystallization in nature. And what is the meaning of the whole in this context, and how is it defined. Over time, a person goes through contradictory processes wherein they accumulate layers and peel them off. A varying exposure of the surface creates patterns of behavior and habits; injury or removal create a space and reveal the earlier layers.  The same experiences constantly change the existing whole and redefine its form.  I believe that the way to heal requires a certain acceptance of the absence and defining it as part of the whole. Alongside the emotional work, the project also had a research motivation – the observation of nature in order to understand …

DINA lamp by MOAK Studio

«This product is part of a conceptual collection together with other two products, in which we want to emphasize on the multiple physical interactions we have forgotten in this digital era.»   We have become light dependents and without it, we would have long, sad and in-officious nights, but we have forgotten that it is a resource that we must pay for and we even misspend. What if a lamp helps us to be aware of the value of light, energy, and money? DINA needs money to activate, coins are the ones who transmit power to let it shine. It is more than just a lamp; it is a different way to light up our consciousness. When the coin is inserted, the electrical circuit is activated and the bulbs light up, but not all coins can turn it on. To stand out the concept of the value of light, it only works with large and medium size coins, which usually represent the highest denomination in most currencies. Small ones do not manage to make the …

MABO by Marcella Leite

«My goal is always to create jewels that go beyond economic value, carry a content of art, design, and architecture and deliver this representation.»   With a Carioca inspiration, Marcella Leite, who studied architecture, fashion and graduated in design, launched a Modernist collection, the third of its three-year history and the expression of its brand’s maturation. “It’s a very special line. It took me a long time to develop: it’s been six months since I got out of my comfort zone and I made myself do something different.”  The inspiration is the modernist movement, “the impact of it on architecture and various icons of modern art”. Among the muses and muses of Marcella, are the artist Alexander Calder, the architect Oscar Niemeyer, and the painters Pablo Picasso and Tarsila do Amaral. Thus, each piece combines the minimalism and lightness that are trademarks of Mabo to the content and information of art.” “My goal is always to create jewels that go beyond economic value, carry a content of art, design and architecture and deliver this representation. …

GRAFO Collection by Susana Teixeira Jewellery

«GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery.»   GRAFO is a collection that materializes the geometric representation of the interrelationship of two elements. The idea of creating this collection was born from the mathematical concept of a graph. Each piece consists of spheres, in variable number and size, connected by small wire segments. The structure thus constituted intends to emphasize the agglutinating role of the elements of the group, maintaining the individuality of each one.   I have a background in Mathematics, so I tend to make jewelry that often crosses the realms of this science. Geometry had always been my favorite subject and for me is natural to think of a jewellery piece as being a mathematical element. GRAFO series tells a story that must be read in the light of the harmonious relationship between Geometry and Jewellery. I try to create timeless pieces that tell their own story. However, in each season, there is often a particular type of jewel …

Ceramics by Leah Kaplan

«Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states.»   Currently, my studio practice follows two distinct, but intertwined, threads: an exploration of light and shadow, and an inquiry into the characteristics that define a collection. For as long as I can remember, I have been curating found objects — from beach stones to vintage glass bottles to just about anything that can be grouped and artfully arranged. Through clay, I invent my own collections. I create and play with different groupings, paying close attention to how arrangements affect relationships between individual objects, as well as to the overall whole. Arranged one way, a set of vessels might conjure a cityscape or landscape. Positioned another way, the same pieces can appear more anthropomorphic, suggesting familial relationships or even emotional states. At the same time, I am equally fascinated by the opportunities porcelain presents for manipulating light and shadow. I could spend my career investigating …

Ceramics by Enriqueta Cepeda

«I do not strive to achieve perfection, but instead, to achieve harmony in the irregular. I like to get a relatively heavy vessel to be experienced as graceful and easy.»   I work with my hands and with very simple tools because I want to have contact with the clay. Feel the clay with my fingertips. This was the way ceramics have been made for thousands of years. My design language is based on classical, timeless sculptural forms. I have been inspired by different ancient cultures and found my own expressions. Pueblo Indians who burnish their pots and polish after firing. The Japanese aesthetics with the concept of Wabi Sabi; to take care of the opportunities and strive for asymmetry and simplicity. I’m inspired by the non-symmetrical forms of nature. I build my ceramics by hand, letting the shapes to grow slowly. Throwing or casting do not interest me, they are working methods more to produce similar products and to produce larger quantities. I work with the natural color of the clay and its own …

Zerezes Sunglasses

«We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world»   Zerezes started in Rio in 2012, while we were still studying design. We found an American wooden glasses brand and tried to buy a frame at the time. Unfortunately, they did not ship to Brazil, and with that we decided to try to make our own. This happened when we were at our firsts internships, and we realized that we wanted to chart our own ways, rather than following a path traced by others. Along with this, Rio de Janeiro was “under construction” because of the World Cup, Olympics, and port area revitalization. A lot of old buildings turned into new, and a lot of materials (including woods full of history, with great physical properties and at a zero cost of acquisition), began to appear to us. At that moment we just joined one thing to another and saw the opportunity to turn a simple …

Canoa Lab – Part II

«We are also aware that the world is unstoppable, and patterns of action need to be renewed, even in crafts, whose model is in a moment of division and continual change.» It could be said that our pieces and our space, CANOA-lab (a place where everyone can approach the subject through classes, open study or internships), follow current tendencies in this promising future for handcrafts. Not so much related to shape, texture or their finish but to a vital positioning towards production, market, and knowledge sharing. Producing stuff by hand, doing some research, experimenting with plastic arts and enjoying work and creation processes make us have the potential to grow and develop ourselves while confronting the huge number of problems which arise with the decision to become producers and distributors of what we do. In this volatile society which has long forgotten the idea of working at the same place all your life, in this moment of history when values are changing and society demands a more sensitive and sustainable production, it seems necessary to …

Syzygy Eclipe by OS ∆ OOS

«This physical blocking of the light was an important aspect in our concept, where a total of three different lights demonstrate the three different aspects of a syzygy; transit, occultation and eclipse.» Syzygy Eclipse is a light from the Syzygy series; where each individual Syzygy, (a term from NASA) is translated into a light object. syz·y·gy [siz-i-jee] In astronomy, a syzygy is a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies in a gravitational system. The word is often used in reference to the Sun, the Earth and either the Moon or a planet, where the latter is in conjunction or opposition. Solar and lunar eclipses occur at times of syzygy, as do transits and occultations. We were asked to participate in a group exhibition where all the designers were asked to create a new work based on the theme of the exhibition: Re-appreciation. We read an article in the newspaper about the sun and that the sun was entering a wintersleep for about 70 years; changing the amount of radiation, but just not enough that it would …

Object & Totem by Julianne Ahn

«Ceramics as a craft has always been a trend.  It’s just taking a new and interesting wave in this modern digital age where making something tactile keeps you present.» I suppose there’s no story behind Object & Totem, just a circumstance I found myself in during a time in my life of feeling incredibly vulnerable just having lost my job.  So, I decided to take a ceramics class, because it was the winter and I had time. It was very frustrating in the beginning and almost gave up at the wheel, yet it was incredibly addictive, the swing of emotions you get from what starts as a messy ball to the satisfaction of creating a functional bowl.  And I guess that’s how I came to the conclusion of naming it Object & Totem.  All the good stuff happens in between the things you see and recognize as objects before they become something you cast off. It’s hard to define a significance behind what the work represents when the process of making ceramics feels significant in …