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Studio Vit designs glass and china Vessels to be "as thin as possible"

North London-based Studio Vit has created a collection of handmade tabletop objects in crystal glass and bone china, which are designed to be as thin and delicate as the materials will allow.

Launched by MDR Gallery, the Vessels collection comprises three wine and water glasses and two carafes made with crystal glass, and two tea and coffee cups and a milk or water jug in bone china.

While each piece is unique and varies slightly in shape and thickness, each handblown crystal glass vessel has been made to be as thin as possible in a bid to push the material to its limits.

The bone china is also fine and delicate, likened to eggshells by the Swedish studio. This thinness of materials is an attempt to emphasise "a sense of closeness to the liquid" when drinking, in turn enhancing the experience.

"Studio Vit's designs are intended to create stillness and make space around which life can exist," said MDR Gallery. The studio describe their products as "making room for life, atoning for a loud world."

"In this way Vessels are more than functional objects; they give pause during the everyday tumult," it added.

Helena Jonasson and Veronica Dagnert from the London-based practice intend their products to "elevate small everyday rituals" such as drinking, while also creating a sense of "stillness" in busy day to day life.

The Vessels collection references the duo's Scandinavian roots in its minimalism, as well as Japanese design in its simplistic beauty and use of material.

"Archetypal shapes are the building blocks from which Studio Vit construct unexpected arrangements of scale and volume," said the gallery.

"These relationships between forms exist within single objects as well as between series of objects – this is clear to see in the Vessels collection."

As well as being a study in pushing the limits of materials, the collection was designed to create beautiful overlapping shapes when placed near to one another.

"Studio Vit carefully consider the relationship between their objects and the spaces they inhabit," continued the gallery. "This layering of form, volume and scale means they frequently find themselves designing collections, and collections within collections," they said.

"The individual objects in their expanding body of work, from large scale objects to the small, each have a relationship to each other."

Back in 2016 the studio designed a set of globular lamps set on rounded concrete bases as part of a collection by French design company Petite Friture, which also included playful pendants by Sam Baron shaped like sausages hanging in a butcher's shop.

Photography is by Annabel Elston.