Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler designed VPT&C, a ceramic collection exploring various volumes, patterns, textures, and colors, recently awarded the Grand Prize of the Courtrai Biennale Interieur Awards 2016.
Dimitri studied at ECAL, as well as the Design Academy Eindhoven and participated in different residencies around the globe including EKWC, the European center for ceramic, The Netherlands, Hors Pistes Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Ishinomaki Laboratory or Japan. After feeling experienced enough, he has cofounded the Dimitri Bähler studio to work on various design projects.
VPT&C is one of Dimitri’s recent projects, started in 2013. The project demanded a deep research of patterns and colors and led Dimitri to spend a few months at CERCCO workspace, the Experimentation and Research Center for Contemporary Ceramics of the Geneva University o Art and Design, where he came to the final concept.
"At the CERCCO, I went into the technique as far as possible, playing with and challenging the volumes, the textures, optimizing the production process and experimenting with different glazes and colors. After many tests, slowly, my research started to divide into three different but complementary directions: digital, manual and natural,” explained Dimitri. The idea was to create a precise decor technique with a 3d texture which integrates with specific tools and glazes. The digital printing was the starting technique, later enriched by manual wood carving tools and natural process, where the glaze itself produces textures.
The result is a set of objects, which differ in size, pattern or color, but one does not interfere the other. The functional objects, such as bowls, vases or pencils are accompanied by undefined objects designed in an abstract way. With VPT&C Dimitri questions the concept of usefulness and the future of the design industry.