Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Hapax Series
Edited by
Nicolas Trembley
Ronan Bouroullec
Horst Makus
Nicolas Trembley

ISBN: 978-3-03764-277-1
Softcover, 105 x 165 mm
64 pages
Images 22 color / 0 b/w
ISBN: 978-3-03764-163-7
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The art of ceramics

Whether it is a question of Sgrafo vases, of Raymond Loewy's "Form 2000" for Rosenthal (1954), or of the improbable "Fat Lava"glacis of the 1970s, postwar German ceramics attest to a surprising stylistic inventiveness and diversity.

Through these creations, both well-known and anonymous designers knew how to capture the impulses of a society in the middle of reconstruction and desirous of looking to the future. Mixing references to Op art, the geometry of a Verner Panton, or the vegetal style of the hippie wave, these objects follow a path of exaggerated shape unique in the history of forms.

In this sense they simultaneously incarnate the inevitable bombacity that menaces design, and its aspirations to autonomy as a quasi-artistic practice. It is this crossing of intentions and this body of supposedly ordinary objects that this publication explores, with a text by the specialist Horst Markus, and an interview with the designer Ronan Bouroullec.

Published with the support of Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich; CEC, Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva; and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims.

French edition (ISBN 978-3-03764-163-7) only available by les presses du réel. Limited stock.