Limited edition of 30 sets of 4 black enamelled ceramic vases handmade in France
Length: 23 cm; width: 13 cm; 4 different heights: 31, 21, 16, and 6 cm
Each set is accompanied by a copy of the book Drawings (868 pages, 21 x 28,5 cm, JRP|Ringier), signed and numbered by Cornell Windlin and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
Drawing as a practice itself
Two years ago we made Drawing a book where we put together more than 850 of our drawings. Inside, we distinguish two types of drawings: preliminary draft-studies that we make before creating an object —they are sketches—and in parallel, we also make drawings that aim to be only drawings.
These drawings are for me the mode of expression I have beyond objects. We can see them as something organic in connection with a practice, as part of our global work. Draw
ing is in fact a practice itself, something autonomous.
In the book we wanted to show this practice that is often a quite compulsive situation completely different from the design context where only a few ideas emerge and it takes several years to the original ideal becomes into its physical existence. Drawing is a direct and constant activity; its immediacy contrasts with the frustration that sometimes can appears in the design discipline.
In the context of a limited edition to accompany Drawing book, we decided to make an object to be in keeping with our drawings.
We did some tests with different materials and we found ceramic, with its imperfect and vibrant character, to be the right answer; its alterity belongs also to drawings nature.
It was difficult to associate a finished object to this profusion of drawings and the principle of Clouds - based on the articulation of shapes and on the possibility of composition thought these kind of organic black stains - turn out to be the best solution.