We've seen plenty of furniture and lighting from prolific designer Benjamin Hubert, as well as the 'groovy' minimalism of the "Plicate" watch, but it's always hard to predict what to expect when a designer tries his hand at other objects. Of course, Hubert is talented enough to put his signature touch of refined restraint on just about any object imaginable, and his new series of vessels is no exception. This past weekend saw the debut of the London-based designer's aptly-titled "Pots" at Maison Objet—designed for Danish brand Menu, the terracotta vases and jars are minimal yet expressive, a perfect example of Hubert's aesthetic.
The storage jars stem from the studio's 'Materials-driven, process-led industrial design approach' researching the typologies and language associated with ancient and contemporary methods of keeping products cool and dry utilising terracotta.
'Pots' feature an exterior of natural, raw terracotta contrasting with the gloss glazed interior and soft rubber lids, providing a multitude of experiences for your senses.
The collection represents an uncompromising contrast between the ancient traditions found in terracotta and the industrial modernity embedded in the mass-produced rubber lids.
Each of the four vessels in the series lends itself to certain uses and contents, or as the press release puts it, "each [holds] a specific function—or ingredient—of your choice":
1. A tall djembe-like sculpture with a distinct waistline that holds your spaghetti or grissini so you can easily grasp it without lifting the pot.
2. A container with a wide pouring area making it easy for you to control the dispense of pastas and grains.
3. A small, pouring device with a long neck allowing for controlled dispensing of seeds, grains and sugar.
4. A stout cookie jar that can be twisted and turned to encourage sharing. This contains biscuits, tea bags, bonbons etc.