Vienna Design Week 2010: Stockholm designers Claesson Koivisto Rune present a series of engraved carafes that can be converted into vases by adding various precious metal collars at theÂ Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.
The collars and drinking cups are handmade in gold and silver with hammered, polished or brushed finishes, while the carafe is engraved with patterns from J. & L. Lobmeyr's archives, plus two new patterns created by Claesson Koivisto Rune.
The installation remains on show until 9 November.
Photographs are by Kollektiv Fischka.
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Three vases and a carafe in one
The new Vindobona vase and carafe collection was presented for the first time on September 30th, at Liechtenstein Museum. The presentation, in the form of an installation in the special exhibition gallery, continues until November 9th, 2010.
The architects and designers Claesson Koivisto Rune created the Vindobona project through a special collaboration between the high quality crystal glass manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr and the exclusive silver manufacturer Wiener Silber Manufactur. The collaboration was initiated by Vienna Design Week through Tulga Beyerle and RÃ¼diger Andorfer.
The brand new Vindobona objects are a series of handcrafted, crystal glass carafes with engraved patterns. They can either be paired with handmade silver and gold drinking tumblers or can be adapted in to three different vases by adding one of three different precious metal collars.
Each collar has been designed for a type of flower or bouquet. There is one for a lily, one for a bouquet of poppies and one for a bouquet of tulips. Add any of the collars to a carafe to create one of three different vases. The collars have a refined selection of surface finishes, hammered, brushed, polished or gold, showing off the expertise of Wiener Silber Manufactur.
The carafe, in mouth-blown crystal glass, is available with a selection of engraved patterns from Lobmeyrâ€™s archives. Furthermore, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed two new patterns specifically for the Vindobona collection.
The name of the collection, â€˜Vindobonaâ€™, is the Roman name for the settlement originally sited where the modern city of Vienna now stands. It is still used as a jovial term for Vienna city by its residents.
â€œThe table is a powerful thing. We sit down, we eat and we drink. We gather, talk and discuss. We socialise. At the table life-long love bonds have started and wars have ended.
The way we see it, as long as time, the table has been no less than a centrepoint for human interaction. Like the people that gather around the table, the things we put on the table each have their own background and personality. And right there lies the beauty of it: how the parts are assembled creates the dynamic, always unique.
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