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This project started as a research on how to make a vase disappear, and is based on the way a chicken waterer works. A water container is placed upside down on a plate. The flowers are placed around the water container so that it seems as if they are growing directly from the plate from which they get their water. A framework keeps the flowers standing upright.
This research lead to a photographic registration of the installations of the first try-outs for a publication in the Plant Journal, a Spanish magazine about plants.
Based on the outcomes of the initial research a small serie of one-off vases was produced. All made of combinations of various existing plastic and ceramic objects, which lead to the actual hidden vase for valerie_objects consisting of a stoneware or glass tray, a bottle in colored glass and united by a custom-made stainless steel frame in two heights and five different colors.
- Chris Kabel, The Netherlands c.2016
- Clear Borosilicate Glass, Stainless Steel
- Height 37cm / 14.5"
- Diameter 29cm / 11.4"
Chris Kabel combines a fascination for materials and natural phenomena with a sensitive and analytical approach to design objects, furniture and architectural elements. Sensitivity to context and finding relevant design answers prevail trends: “I like to be smart more than stylish”. One way or another, aesthetics always follow suit in an intuitive and poetic way. Chris Kabel (1975) graduated in 2001 from the Design Academy Eindhoven. He lives and works in Rotterdam.
Valerie Objects is an Antwerp-based design label initiated by Axel van den Bossche (CEO of Serax) and art director Veerle Wenes (owner of the Valerie Traan gallery, Antwerp), combining their professional and personal tastes for all things good and beautiful.
Although valerie_objects has outgrown its life as a side-project and has become a young but mature global design platform, the philosophy remains the same: presenting everyday tools and objects that have a unique appearance.
Valerie Objects understands the designer’s drive to develop a durable signature style, as well as the consumer’s desire to connect with a patiently selected object. the label stands for unique yet accessible creations, designed for daily use. many owners develop a special relationship with their chosen object; they get more attached to it as it becomes part of their personal story.
AVG (Average) is the balance between design and function. The name closely reflects our philosophy; to source everyday, useful products from around the world that serve a meaningful purpose in our customers lives, while adding to the overall beauty of their daily life.
Founded by designer Chris Hanz with Morgan Maisano in 2016, today in addition to the online store you can find the Average showroom on West Queen West in Toronto.
The collection is hand-picked by the founders and includes unique handmade pieces and mass produced items and can range in form between apparel to furniture, but maintains a common thread of timeless items designed with honesty, thought and integrity.
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