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The story with Christofle started in 2009: “Before we started the cooperation with Christofle”, Marcel Wanders explained, “we were unable to do anything together, I made a lot of drawings and other things, we were dancing around each other and it was really difficult to create something.
” Then he came up with the idea of making six objects for Eve, who was kicked out of Eden because of sin, “to celebrate Eve for giving us so much pleasure for having these vices.”
The Garden of Eden was drawn and based on the subtle background of strategic defense, a kind of borders organization. “It has got these flowers, voluptuous greenery, beautiful, almost sexual shapes of flowers, sexual parts of plants and there is an apple shown here and there”, Wanders described.
Among the new pieces of tableware are wine glasses, red and white water glasses, tumblers, champagne glasses and whiskey, water and wine carafes. Each features exquisite etching to give distinct character and texture. The dinnerware collection includes bowls and platters, as well as, plates made in white porcelain, each finished with a subtle textured pattern.
Jardin d’Eden is a luxurious and sensual collection, with stylistically distinctive pieces that render the finest of what the worlds of design and silversmith’s craft have to offer. The unmistakable hero of this exhibition is Marcel Wanders’ newest timepiece creation, his grandfather clock. A literal monument to artistry, this stainless steel beauty tower that defines what it means to set the standard for meticulous design and mechanical luxury. Additionally, the exhibit includes a small desk clock with the collection’s signature style.
Marcel Wanders believes that is interesting now to start making clocks while we are sure we don’t need them anymore because time we have everywhere. As we don’t need it anymore, that’s a way we have to make it. “A clock in the house is a family piece, it counts the time of your family, it counts the time of your life. So it is not about the time, but who we are.” That’s why they started doing a big round clock last year. For the second clock, he wanted to make a typical old grandfather’s clock because it helps to keep the memory of ourselves. The designer is also excited about the glass collection, now that he and his team started to see how silverware and glass get together and we can expect some great new pieces for Jardin d’Eden collection.
This attention to details, as the ones that can be seen at Jardin d’Eden collection, is something that has grown with Wanders: “When I was young, there was no design, I had my own carpenter workshop in the house and I was drawing a lot. I liked to make gifts to people.” Marcel Wanders believes that he learnt a lot from making gifts and what’s a really good gift in that time and for him the good gift has two qualities: to make the person who gets it feels like the gift was made for her and that there is no other person than you that could have chosen that gift for her. “A good gift celebrates the relationship and what I learnt is the most important in design: to give gifts to the world. You give your values to the world and hope that you have understood them.”
Besides his creative vision, the relation with social media also explains Marcel Wanders success: “When I started 20 years ago, designers were really abstract. There were names on these pieces, but nobody knows who that guy was. And still today a lot of designers put their names on their products, but we hardly know who they are.” His strong opinion is that if you put your name on an object it should add value to it and make people get excited about it.