Vases from Dutch architects
and designers from the period 1918 - 1940
I have had for many
years a passion for vases.
The vase is often archetypical. From Ancient times to present, in eastern or western culture, the form is always recognizable. Therefore there are often very subtle variations on a theme. But sometimes, out of the blue the variations are not so subtle and become transcendent. They break the mould of what we have come to recognize as possible. I had the pleasure of seeing this happen in 1981.
Since 1969 I have
had my own store, atelier and exhibition space where I create, present
and sale my jewellery and design objects. To give structure to my own
passion for vases, I created in 1981 my first exhibition for vases. I
asked friends, and well-known colleagues working as designers and architects
to design a vase. It was an international group, designers like Enzo Mari
and Ambrogio Pozzi, (Italy) Richard Meitner (USA) Willem Heesen and Cees
Dam. (Holland) And of course I asked my friend and respected architect
from Utrecht, Mart van Schijndel.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Delta Vase, and as homage to Mart van Schijndel I have once again organized an exhibition, ‘Passion in Form’, to be seen Sept 14 thru Oct 21, 2006. This time instead of just asking current working designers and architect, I have decided to go back a bit further in history.
For designers, the
period between the two world wars (1918-1940) was very prolific. Architects
like Berlage and de Bazel were actively involved in designing vases during
this period. There were many other prominent influential architects and
designers during this era, who together with Mart van Schijndel share
this similar passion of bringing form to this most functional object.
I have attempted to present a select overview of some of their works.
The creations, some of them unique, are not only available for viewing,
but are also possible to purchase for your own private collection.