Isn’t she lovely? There’s not much to not like about the Tac Tea Pot (image above) designed by Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus. In fact, it’s been called “the most beautiful tea service ever produced”. Simple, minimal, functional. What else is there? Enduring, that’s what.
Gropius (1883-1969) was a genius designer of the modernist period, but his concepts continue to influence artists and designers today. He explained the Bauhaus philosophy like this:
“Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.”
Basically, there’s stuff we need so why not make it attractive? And design that is timeless and enduring is the epitome of sustainable. Don’t you agree?
Although it might not suit every one’s style palette, I’m partial to this idea that less is more. And I’m crazy about all of the following simply ceramic creations that seem to follow in Gropius’ footsteps.
This milk jug and sugar bowl designed by Ditte Fischer (image above) has an exquisite, refined air about it, but also stands firm in its function. The black version is just as seductive. Danish ceramics are simply some of the best. Period.
Eva Gevaert is a young designer whose influence can already be felt with one look at her kp107f-tableware (image of bowls above). I want to reach out and eat off its smooth, silky surface.
These ceramic plates (image above) almost appear to be paper, which makes them even more extraordinary. Unusual but actually quite ordinary. Designed by Annett Janowiak.
Vincent Van Duysen created these ceramic containers (image above) that seem almost too plain to be pretty, yet need I even say it…? Pretty. And I’m inspired to include this quote describing his work because it’s pretty too:
“[Van Duysen’s] work is characterized by an interest in reinterpreting classical forms. His search for order and clarity produces designs which are both contemporary and innovative, but which have the force of perfect inevitability, setting off resonances that feel like memories: always new, but reminding us of things we have known.”
Speaking of useful, this cream Oval Baker (image above) is part of the ceramic tableware collection found only at terrain. Leaning more toward rugged than ritzy, I’m fond of its smooth, clean lines. This dish could definitely go the distance in the kitchen.
These cups and bowls (image above) are part of Sarah Cihat’s ‘Dirt’ collection. Most of her porcelain designs are covered in delightful decals with an edge, but these precious pieces are plain, and simply her best. In my humble opinion.
Last but absolutely not least, is Latvian designer Mara Skujeniece and her incredible array of hand-made objects. I can’t pick a favorite so I encourage you to peruse her pieces on your own. But for the sake of staying in the kitchen, I’m showcasing her ‘Vegetableware’ bowls (image above). Exquisitely pure and simple…
…just like Walter Gropius used to make.