Joris Laarman, Crossbreed

Electrical devices have a relatively short history of evolution compared to, for instance, cutlery, chairs or vases. Because most were invented after the industrial revolution, these products never had superb quality handcrafted ancestors. They are the democratic offspring of modernism. Although there is a difference in quality in these products, they never succeeded to come out of the closet to shine with pride as the centerpiece of the interior.
On the contrary, traditional vases from the Savona region can be used as a centerpiece in any interior. They have a long history of craftsmanship and are relatively expensive compared to their modern industrial brothers and sisters. But besides their decorative function, they are seldom used as functional vases. Therefore, I wanted to make a crossbreed to create a win-win situation: a beautiful centerpiece for the interior that’s functional at the same time.

Joris Laarman

Crossbreed by Joris Laarman was prototyped in Albisola (Italy) in 2006 during the 3rd Biennial of Ceramics in Contemporary Art.