by Ariadna Zierold
Italian designer Michael Breschi (1984) studied Industrial Design at Florence University and graduated in 2010. He founded his own studio, Gentle Giants, in 2012. The studio works on a diverse range of projects exploring the fluid borders between art and design. As his website suggests, Breschi is something of a romantic.
“Pleasure to me is wonder: the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”
This is a good description of the elegant series of water tower vases that Breschi began after meeting the owner of a porcelain company. He was invited to learn the techniques of ceramic-making first hand. He spent eight months using the company’s facilities to perfect his craft.
While industrial towers and vases share similar water-storing properties, the decision to create vases actually came from Breschi’s experiments with porcelain.
“At the beginning I wanted to do some sculptures, art objects; then when I began to understand the work techniques of china, and the propensity of this material to make hollow objects, I decided to make vases.”
Taking their shape from Art Decò water and gas towers, the Industry Collection brings a highly finished retro work to any space. Hand crafted in Jingdezhen, the preeminent city for ceramic works, the pieces achieve aesthetic excellence while paying homage to the German photographers Brend and Hilla Becher from whose works the vases were modeled. Each item in the series sits atop a gold plated, metal base.