Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk are showing a mixed series of several large sculptural objects for Dilmos, using Murano glass.
Kiki's series, "DRINK! EAT! FUN!! REST! THINK! DREAM! LOVE!" mixes traditional techniques like filigrane, mother of pearl, incalmo, and mirroring to create objects with a narrative quality—"still life" totems for things we forget. For example, without FUN! there will always be a dull moment. Kiki's stories follow each objects in the series, pictured after the jump.
To dream or to have a dream is the most enchanting phenomena in life. This is what makes it a paradise. The upside down basket with refined wire structure combined with a mirrored bottle full of transparent bubbles from which shines a light symbolizes the dream.
Joost takes a slightly different approach, abstracting forms from our live instead of narrating them. The range of mirrored, amber glass centerpieces are stacks and combinations of existing everyday pieces to form grand, new shapes.
Images of all the pieces in both series follow.
This object symbolizes "drinking" which is of paramount importance in order to stay alive. Our body consist for 70% of water. But still, during a hectic day, we almost forget to drink enough! The form of this object is an interpretation of a very primitive vessel to get beverage from nature fused with the historical amphora; the queen of vessels.
This "totem" of kitchen objects symbolizes the urge to eat. But also the fun of eating! A giant skimmer stacked on a glass kitchen trolley constructed as in wood which falls into a giant pot standing on a glass side table create all together a neat and fun combination of very simple objects.
Without fun and humour there will always be a dull moment! The trumpet and balloon, just enough to keep one beautiful flower, symbolize the enchantment of life.
Love is about warmth, passion and the melting together of two contrasts. This watering- can, normally used for the very sweet habit of watering the plants, is in perfect harmony with its internal candleholder arising from the spout. At the same time the candleholder which brings fire and the vessel that holds water for a neat bouquet of flowers are in perfect contrast with each other melted together. by the traditional "incalmo" technique. The symbolisation of love.
Rest is the engine of life. When the engine is loaded again anything is possible. The pillows with hourglass that can't be used because it's fixed in a diagonal position yet enriched with the subtle ornamentation of the filigrane symbolize the relief of rest.
Thinking is the basis for new philosophy's, ideas and creations. By reading and writing ones thinking process can be stimulated or visualised which brings solutions and new insights. This unfolded mirrored paper engraved with unreadable scribbles and transparent ink-pot with mirrored reading glasses symbolize reflection that is the basis for something new.