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Vista Alegre and Marcel Wanders unveil porcelain collection in ParisWednesday 20 January 2016
What do you know about porcelain? A ceramic product porcelain is achieved by heating materials. Distinguished by the quality of its raw materials, the Vista Alegre porcelain is characterised by its whiteness and resistance, and its bright and uniform glaze. With a Portuguese history that dates back to the 1800s, the Vista Alegre brand has become renown for its investment in luxurious innovation and artisan design.
With a history of nearly 200 years closely tied to the history and culture of Portugal, nowadays the brand combines the handcraft mastery, present in the remarkable hand painting, with the most advanced technology and design, remaining at the forefront of porcelain production. The frequent creative partnerships with several established artists and internationally renowned chefs contribute to this end. One of such creative works was the common project with the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
In collaboration with Vista Alegre, Marcel Wanders presents a choice selection of exquisite pieces that are a part of the Blue Ming collection at Maison et Objet this year. The items, which are very symmetrical with sculptural elements, highlight the Dutch heritage of the Delft Blue creating the ornament of the pieces. Within each piece, everyone can experience the mingling of two cultural histories and countries as the Dutch Delft Blue and the Cobalt Blue share heritage of past ages and forge a new language and artistic expression.
The pieces of this set that are serving as the launch for the complete Blue Ming collection include: the big tea cup and saucer, the espresso cup and saucer tea pot and sugar pot, a fruit bowl and soup terrine. Besides, the Blue Ming collection features a candleholder and the flower vase which are more sculptural iconic pieces that offer unique versatility. By removing the top of the vase, you create a small bowl in which to place chocolates or other small treats. Not to be outdone, the candleholder is also adaptable. In addition to a candle, it can be used to hold a flower, or it can work as an iconic piece to furnish your table. This high-end, well-made ceramic collection is completed by a range of plates: desert, bread & butter; soup, dinner, charger, and serving. The borders of these pieces reveal different patterns and when stacked, you experience all their richness in a re-interpretation of the traditional Delft Blue.
The partnership between the product designer Marcel Wanders and Portuguese porcelain brand Vista Alegre brings together two iconic creators of craft and design. For Marcel Wanders the collaboration with Vista Alegre represents the chance to work with a manufacturer that shares his ability to continually evolve and adapt to social and aesthetic changes.
CovetED Magazine may state the Blue Ming collection stands as a harmonious combination of tradition and modernity. The Portuguese tradition of Vista Alegre and the Dutch heritage from Marcel Wanders combine a mutual passion for producing exclusive and personalized porcelain pieces of the highest quality and functionality standards.
Source – Marcel Wanders