Vases by Simon Hasan



A new collection of leather vases by London designer Simon Hasan is on show as part of an exhibition at Sotheby's in London this week. 


The vases are made from boiled leather, using a technique Hasan developed while studying at the Royal College of Art in London last year (see our previous story).


Based on an ancient technique once used to make armour, the process involves stretching leather around moulds before immersing it in boiling water.


For this new collection, the rigid shapes are then finished with gold and palladium.


The exhibition is called small show HUGE TALENT and continues until Sunday.


Here's some text from the designer:


This new series of pieces for Hasan's growing Vase Family combines the crude and ancient process of boiling leather (cuir bouilli) with the refinement of oil-gilding. The leather vases are based on the forms of antique wine bottles, and incorporate hand-gilded blocks of 22.75 carat gold and palladium (a precious metal in the platinum family).

This series of vases demonstrates a more sophisticated level of detail and finish, which builds on Hasan's first collection of leather vases, exhibited at the Royal College of Art in 2008.

small show HUGE TALENT
Sotheby's, Kiddell Gallery
New Bond Street
London W1

22-29 March
Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 12-4.30pm

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Posted on Wednesday March 25th 2009 at 6:29 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • cool

  • modular

    I dont really like the vases, yet the technique looks interesting. I must admit I’ve never heard about it before. Oh, and skip black backgrounds, for this kind of stuff – products – I’d rather see with a white background :)

  • Very interesting use of material.

  • xtiaan


  • innovation in material (OK with modular + baroni), innovation in forms , may be it’s enought to be selected by Dezeen

  • Logi_ciel

    the first serie was better in my opinion. This feels too precious. Gold and silver is a bit the easy way out… Second series are for further developement, not photoshoot objects. Yes? Yes!