Droog Aalto by Jan Čtvrtník



Czech designer Jan Čtvrtník has won the Climate Competition organised by Droog with a vase based on Alvar Aalto's famous design, but modified to express the effects of global warming.


The Aalto vase was inspired by the outline of a Finnish lake and Čtvrtník's design suggests how the lake's shape could change due to climate change.


Here's some text from Droog:


Visitors of the Droog website have chosen 'Droog Aalto' by Jan Ctvrtnik as the winning proposal for the Climate Competition. Congratulations! With 32% of all votes, Droog Aalto is an idea to be proud of.


Designer Rachel Hevic reached up to the second-favourite with her proposal of 'Large red switch' (23% of the votes). Third place comes for Jenny Bergström with 'This is the air we breathe...' (15% of all votes). Droog initiated the competition for which anyone could submit any idea in any possible form, as long as it concerned the 'climate' theme.


Jan Ctvrtnik: 'I realised that climate changes are visualised mostly by numbers and scientific measurements. In order to show changes, it is good to have a reference point.' And so the Aalto vase became that reference point with its shape originating from the shape of a Finnish lake. The 'Droog' part of the title can be translated as 'Dry', obviously relating to global warming.

Originally Czechoslovakian, Jan Ctvrtnik currently lives and works in Pordenone, Italy. After studying design in Prague and at IKDC in Lund (Sweden), he is now working as an industrial designer for Electrolux. New experiences trigger his inspiration: 'I am trying to think different. Quite often I propose strange, odd and crazy ideas. After that I cut the “wings of imagination” and step by step refine something new but reasonable. I love doing something what I have never done before. I love the process of learning and exploring connections between subjects and surrounding space.'

Posted on Monday July 14th 2008 at 10:51 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • F

    love this – would use it as an ashtray though ..

  • Theo

    I like it.

    Clever, symbolic, and just about usable.

  • Simple idea yet a great one!
    The shape speaks for itself.

  • Good idea.
    Great execution.

    I wonder how big it is…

  • Mekaratta


  • boz

    Pimp my Aalto, wickid man

  • J

    Stop the climate change hype! Now!

  • El Greco

    This is good conceptually and good aesthetically. I like the thickened walls.

  • Fudge

    I think its a clever metaphor and positive message.

    Although I don’t think that the “message” travels very far and Is in many respects limited, as only Design literate folk would understand the intention.

    In fact I know lots of designers that don’t know that Aalto’s vase was inspired by the Fjords that he saw whilst flying in a plane.

  • Big man from Finland

    Those maps are fakes. Ofcourse….

  • Tp

    Very nice!

  • eduardo

    Beautifully made! love the thickness of the cristal!
    And is faithfull to old Alvar conception.
    Love it!
    Will save to buy one of it!

  • edward

    Why all the fuss over a nicknack?