|Symbolik by Karim Rashid
|Vessel Gallery is delighted to reveal an exclusive
UK presentation of prolific designer Karim Rashid’s Symbolik
collection for Italian ceramics experts Bitossi.
Following on from Bitossi’s successful re-edition of vintage
pieces last year, they have boldly commissioned a brave new vision
of the future by Karim Rashid, a designer who hates to copy the past.
Fifteen new pieces in a limited edition have been created in Rashid’s
graphic style of Sensual Minimalism with use of his signature colours
such as candy pink and canary yellow.
From Giampaolo Monti, director of Bitossi:
Some years ago we had our first contact with Karim who loves the
work of Ettore Sottsass and the legendary totems that we made in
the Sixties’. He wanted to develop with us a new collection
of ceramics but the project was delayed for a long time as we reorganised
our company. Last year we had the first meeting with Karim who had
already become a globally recognised design star. The artist showed
a reverence for the Bitossi company, for its ceramics history and
for its skilled workers, all of which impressed us immediately. It
was only a short time from that moment to the arrival of the first
drawings. Karim had evidently been thinking about this project with
us for a long time!
The drawings were wonderful, but at the same time, very hard to realize
, but we still decided to face the challenge. Talks followed for
the choice of colours and to solve the most difficult details. We
were infected by the explosive and communicative strength of his
artificial tones, colours that sometimes seemed to rebel against
imagination, just as Sottsass had done thirty years earlier.
At present, the drawings have taken shape and seem to form a link
between the digital world and the land of ceramics in an apparently
contradictory combination. They make us understand how close these
realities can be.
The talent of Karim Rashid is prized. We can see how strong is his
will, portraying the world in a different way, made up of signs,
icons, and elements that identify this artist as a unique identity.