As we mentioned with yesterday's report on the Philippe Malouin and J&L Lobmeyr collaboration, the Passionswege ("pilgrimage ways") program of Vienna Design Week hooks up young international designers with Viennese companies renowned for their high quality products in order to create an exchange of traditional craft skills and contemporary design approaches.
Spanish-born, London-based designer Tomas Alonso developed a project with the Wiener Silber Manufactur. He approached the collaboration with the "functionality of pattern" in mind: A plain tea-set with fluted pattern on the underside of the set interlocked with the upper side of the tray.
The reflective surface of the three items on the tray creates an intriguing pattern is created from that pattern. With the Zen-garden like installation in the shop (please note the sand brush on the side), Alonso emphasizes the beauty of simplicity. Here you can see the making off of the tea-set:
Brit Leissler lives and acts between London and Berlin. After receiving a Master degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London she started her own Shoot the Stylist! design studio. She also works as a design educator for various institutions and founded Punch'n'Cuddle Ltd., producing and distributing her own products.
When taking a break from the design world she writes, sings and composes quirky electronic pop or travels the planet. Brit loves all forms of eccentricity, joins up the dots and aims to get into interesting conversations with all kinds of weird and wonderful people. As a hardcore digital camera gunslinger she shoots everything that moves and grooves. She doesn't eat animals, is hot for cheese, loves the Kensington Squirrels, robotic dance moves and life enhancing ideas.