Muller Van Severen launches 'ONDA', a collection of vases in collaboration with Bitossi Ceramiche
Drawing inspiration from the rich history of Bitossi's ateliers, the iconic Sottsass vases, and the mesmerizing blues of Londi, Muller Van Severen has crafted a family of vases that transcend design and become pure poetry in motion. The designs began with the dimensions of an A4 size, with cutouts, and all vases are interconnected, creating a harmony that converses fluidly between craftsmanship and visual artistry.
The vision behind the collection was to explore the relationship between form and space, with Muller Van Severen's focus on contact with the ground through open and closed forms. Each vase poetically lifts the volume into the air, giving it legs and making it dance with grace.
The collaboration between Muller Van Severen and Bitossi Ceramiche has been a journey of creativity and inspiration, with each design reflecting the soulful expression of the visions behind them.The vases evoke emotion, touch the senses, and inspire the imagination, creating a unique experience that transcends design and becomes a true work of art.
Images here (credit: Clara Vannucci)
ABOUT MULLER VAN SEVEREN
Muller Van Severen was founded in the early Spring of 2011. With both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen being artists, it’s natural that the collection sits somewhere between design and art. The couple has been on an inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects, always including the space around it, and characterized by a careful research into their shared passion for art, architecture and materials. At the same time Muller Van Severen’s designs appear to be created almost intuitively and with total effortlessness. It looks as if the designers draw with crayons in space.
After winning countless awards and collaborating with prestigious museums (such as Vitra Museum, Centre Pompidou and Musée d'Art Decorative Paris) and galleries (Galerie Kreo, Andreas Murkudis, Tim Van Laere gallery) worldwide, Muller Van Severen is considered to be one of the most image-defining European design teams of today. Their creations are globally identified in both private homes and public spaces. All of Muller Van Severen’s own production pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and skilled artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. The love of materials is the starting point for many of the designs. Muller Van Severen continually search for new ways to showcase the natural beauty of the materials and strive to let the materials speak for themselves, without concealing anything.
ABOUT BITOSSI CERAMICHE
Bitossi is synonymous with the historical identity of Italian manufacturing and its land, the region of Montelupo Fiorentino in Tuscany. With a history dating to the second half of the nineteenth century, the Bitossi factory, which today is proudly known as Bitossi Ceramiche, has been in the family for four generations. Drawing from a long dynasty and tradition, Guido Bitossi founded the "Maioliche artistiche Guido Bitossi" factory in 1921, proposing a production style that combines tradition and classical styles of the past with research and a study of ceramics products. In the early fifties, the company’s evolution took a modern vein under the artistic direction of Aldo Londi, a man with an innate creative and aesthetic sense and a keen eye for the market development of Italian products. Londi entered Bitossi in 1946 and, from then on, became the undisputed protagonist for more than fifty years, first as a painter, then as an artistic director, and finally as a tireless author of sought-after styles and models.
Over the years, many designers have contributed to the productions of Manifattura Bitossi, interpreting tradition and giving life to new lines, names including Ettore Sottsass, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Matteo Thun, George J. Sowden, Marco Zanini, Christoph Radl, Michele De Lucchi, Karim Rashid, Arik Levy, and Fabio Novembre. Bitossi now invests primarily in research and design of designer ceramics while continuing to interpret the tradition by proposing Aldo Londi’s iconic subjects Bitossi Ceramiche, still, today found on its historical premises of 1929, has been run for generations by the original family, from Guido Bitossi to Vittoriano Bitossi to his daughter Cinzia, then his niece Ginevra Bocini, always representing the Italian “Made in Italy” excellence. In 2014, the Manifattura was listed in the Register of "Historical Italian Companies" established by the Unioncamere Nazionale and the Chamber of Commerce.