Shiva Vase by Barcelona Design
Suggestive, insouciant and shocking the Shiva vase represents everything that BD Barcelona Design has come to be associated with over the years. A clear manifesto conceived by Ettore Sottsass for the nascent project back in 1973, one of its first and most enduring designs in fact.
"I continue to produce small, small, small architectures, such as this ceramic piece, for example, a little like monuments, a little like tombs, a little like the abandoned temples of the gods, a little like the ruins of the ancient and unknown civilization in which something -the say- was known; it is said that they understood the axes, the curves, the intersections, perhaps even the causation of the courses of the cosmic bodies, along which each day slide the private vertices of the atoms that make up our fragile flesh and blood".
An illustrious figure launched the roster of designs in the first BD catalogue. Memphis was not to appear on the scene for another ten years, but Ettore Sottsass had already by then been visiting India fora decade.
His "little architectures", such as this flower vase, owe a great deal to that culture.
Pink glazed ceramic
7 x 2.7 x H.9 Inch
Made in Spain