Last year, in-house designer Marie Michielssen took her first venture into ceramics. At first, there was the Helena vase in black and white, which clearly shows the irregular shape of hand modelling. These shapes come back in the base of the new decorative Catherine lamps.
A lamp is a source of warmth and cosiness for Marie. Even when it’s not turned on, the object radiates an atmosphere. That’s why she chose two tactile materials: ceramic for the base in an inviting linen for the lampshade.
Those who are familiar with Marie's work know that she likes to let her hands lead the process. On this topic, she's previously said that the repetitive nature of the actions use in modelling with plaster and paper-mâché meant that it was like meditating for her.
The switch to ceramic thus wasn't a big change. The Catherine lamps have cylindrical bases with a simple shape, where the irregular shape of hand-modelling is clearly marked. Marie Michielssen has a preference for materials that she can mould by hand. She allows herself to be guided by her intuition, to give shape to items with an atypical and poetic look. The designer never starts by throwing down ideas on paper. No technical drawings or 3D models on the computer: she prefers to let the material express itself during the creative process by shaping it by hand.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Designer Marie Michielssen has been an established member of the in-house design team at Serax for over 20 years. She has created countless designs inspired by and intended for everyday life. Her designs have a strong focus on functionality, but because she only works with materials that have ‘soul’, this is in no way at the expense of the aesthetic of her work as each and every one of her designs clearly shows. Marie designs two collections a year for Serax.
Serax is a Belgian design label, that has been active for over 30 years and is still managed with a passionate family spirit. Today Serax works with stand-out designers from all over the world: Ann Demeulemeester, Vincent Van Duysen, Paola Navone and Piet Boon are just a few names from the illustrious list.
Serax tableware graces the tables of some of the best restaurants in the world. Whether you go for a bite to eat at Albert Adrià's Enigma restaurant, at Jean George in New York City or at Nobu in Milan, Serax's carefully designed dinnerware and cutlery will give your culinary experience that little bit more. Over the years, Serax has grown into a versatile lifestyle brand. The products range from tableware and pottery to unique design furniture, lighting and accessories. In 2014 Serax received the Henry van de Velde Award, the most prestigious design prize in Belgium.
COMPOSITION & SIZE
Designer Marie Michielssen Dimensions - 47cm x 25cm x 25cm (HxLxW) Weight - 4.5kg Material - Stoneware Cable Length - 1.5m Bulb Type - E27 Maximum Voltage - 240V Maximum Wattage - 5W *Bulb Not Included