London Design Festival: each of these mix-and-match vessels by London design studio Vitamin is fixed together from rings of assorted materials including marble, cut glass, turned wood and 3D printed resin.
The owner of each vessel chooses their own combination of rings and each configuration will only be sold ten times.
Traditional materials and techniques can be seen in the decanter style base made from cut glass (above) and the various rings of turned wood in walnut, maple and oak.
Other rings have been made using contemporary processes such as rapid prototyping, seen in the black diamond-patterned piece (above), and CNC cutting, seen in the burgundy plastic piece (below). The other materials used include gold, silver, polished steel, ceramic and granite.
The vessels were inspired by a stacking children's toy brought in by one of the studio's designers. "The noise of the wood connecting, the feeling of quality in the materials and the stacking nature really appealed to us all," explained Vitamin's James Melia.
Element Vessel was shown at the designjunction trade show during London Design Festival last month. See all our stories about London Design Festival here, including Benjamin Hubert's range of lighting made from underwear fabric, also shown at designjunction.
Here's some more information from the designers:
Vitamin Launch their Limited Edition Element Vessel Range
The birth of CNC and Rapid Prototyping has in recent years contributed to a fall in the amount of traditional processes used in modern design. The drive for cheaper and cheaper mass produced parts and security in numerical operated machines has left skilled craftsmen fighting to keep their professions alive. Vitamin’s Element Vessel range explores mixing both traditional and modern processes showing that they can be used together in contemporary design.
The Limited edition objects have three variations of base. Around this base the owner can arrange and build their own shape using the many variations of ring made from the numerous material options. This unique purchase method does not only encourage owner interaction, but also ensures truly limited editions. Once a combination has been sold ten times, it will never be sold in this configuration again.
The rings are available in wide range of materials, including: Rose gold, Amber Gold, Silver, Polished Steel, Glass, Ceramic, Marble, Granite, American Black Walnut, Maple, American White Oak, Rapid Prototype and Cork. Modern processes include: Computer Numerical Control, otherwise known as CNC and Rapid Prototyping. Traditional processes include: Wood turning, Glass blowing, Metal turning, Metal Plating and Glass cutting.