Long gone are the days where ceramics meant those terrible grey figurines that cost an obscene amount of money so beloved of certain family members. It’s time to make way for a new kind of porcelain wonder, so welcome CadCam Tableware from product designers Minale-Maeda.
These stunning pieces take the shape of deconstructed machine parts glazed in white with blocks of sweet pastel tones. The angular receptacles break tradition as they rid porcelain of its typical rounded shapes, through a cad/cam process and 3D printing, confronting craftsmanship with production becoming computer assisted. I love the contrast of the mechanical and man-made shapes being used for tableware, where often the emphasis is on the elegant. Minale-Maeda have created something beautiful from objects that are only really known for their function rather than aesthetic quality and it’s a lovely combination of two worlds.
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