How do you gather inspiration before embarking on a new project?
Everything depends on the context. However, observation has often proven to be an important tool for me. I love to watch how people interact with objects, how they use them or personalise them in different ways. Sometimes, inspiration comes from the material itself, its physicality. Tactility is very important to me, and playing with samples of glass or fabrics can easily initiate the creative process. But no matter how I get that first idea, I always like to start offline – otherwise the overload of visual images from the internet will often sabotage the process. It needs to be hands-on – just like the product will be in the end.
What sparked the initial idea for the Drop vase for blomus?
I like glass a lot – I have worked with this unique material for years. When I was studying in Copenhagen, I blew glass as part of my education, and that gave me a pretty detailed understanding of how to work with glass to achieve the desired shape, colour and density. When designing Drop, I was mainly interested in how glass reacts in its own special way when blown with the use of a pipe. I remember how I loved to watch how gravity and the weight of the material would affect the shape when the hot glass bubble was cooled down and kind of “frozen” into the shape of a perfectly rounded drop while it was falling. This is so fundamental to how glass reacts, essential to what glass is. With Drop, I wanted to capture exactly that.
The vase is an almost archetypical object that has been endlessly reinterpreted. How did that impact your creative process?
The vase as an object readily reflects the personality and style of its owner. So even though it’s archetypical, there is always a context. Hence, the status of the object was no restraint – I found it quite easy to focus entirely on creating a vase that would fit into the aesthetic universe of blomus. What also fascinates me is the democratic aspect of the vase; flowers and plants are the most accessible form of beauty that everyone can relate to.
How did the choice of material impact the shape of the object?
The material itself and the actual process of blowing glass was a huge inspiration. My aim was to create a pure and simple shape, which would change depending on the angle – hence the diagonal cut, which also creates an interesting contrast between the soft curve of the vase and the straight polished surface of the rim. In terms of colour, glass interacts beautifully with light, and the toned-down nuances of brown and grey seemed ideal for the shape.
How do you imagine yourself using the new products in your own everyday life?
I find it the most beautiful when a bouquet of flowers and a vase merge and create some sort of aesthetic unity. So, I will go for flowers that complement the colours and shape of Drop. Also, glass will often add lightness to a space, especially when placed near a source of light. I like to be inspired by the little poetic moments when light hits the glass at a certain time of day, creating a special atmosphere.