Hybrid

2010 —

Seletti

Hybrid

CERAMIX ART COLLECTION
CeramiX is a series of ceramic objects reflecting on the historical production of Chinese and European porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. China has a long tradition in the production of ceramics and especially porcelain and Europe has for many centuries tried to copy the Chinese in that field. Nowadays our world is invaded by Chinese products that in most cases attempt to imitate those European. CeramiX is a reflection upon the irony of history through the world of ceramics. After an initial research in the traditional techniques, methods and evolution of both Chinese and European ceramics, the CTRLZAK team has identified certain key elements that distinguish both cultures. CeramiX Art Collection consists of 24 original pieces derived from classical Chinese and European plates, bowls, vases and cups, reassembled as unusual remixes. These objects were sought for in antique stores and flee markets and some of them even came from personal family collections. The pairing process of the two heterogeneous halves was by no means arbitrary; each piece has a visual narrative which is created through a careful selection of the two parts in such a way that they complement each other enriching the end result. CeramiX Art Collection was the inspiration for the Hybrid project which is an attempt to bring art in everyday life.

HYBRID 1.0
Inspired by the CeramiX Art project this collection brings art closer to everyday life. Hybrid is produced in fine porcelain in China by Italian company Seletti and consists of various tableware. The pieces in the collection are graphically divided between east and west with a coloured line marking the boundary between the two styles and, paradoxically, strengthening at the same time the union. The Hybrid collection looks at the present while reflecting on the irony of history proposing consequently an evocative contemporary interpretation.

CERAMIX FOR BITOSSI
First presented during the 2010 Milan Design Week, CeramiX is expressed both as Art and Design collection. While these two first projects were self-produced, this collection was produced and distributed by Italian company Bitossi. This collection underlines some of the formal characteristics identified during the initial research and applies them within the design process. The result is a series of tableware which employs contemporary forms to symbolise a complex past.

HYBRID GLASS
The pieces in the collection are divided between east and west with a golden line marking the boundary between the two styles and, paradoxically, strengthening at the same time the union. The European half is denoted by an elaborate glass relief, which changes from piece to piece, representing the main stylistic expressions of glass working in Europe in the last centuries. On the other hand the Chinese parts represent typical decorative themes found on Chinese objects of the kind, although they were usually applied on porcelain. Glass was introduced relatively late in China due to the extensive use of ceramic and metal while in Europe the art of glass making flourished, especially during the renaissance period. The end result is diverse objects which place emphasis on the strengths of each culture producing a new hybrid reality.

HYBRID TEXTILES
The Hybrid project originates through a research on the history of porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. Getting deeper and deeper in our research we realized that this was a phenomenon that was expressed in diverse fields of cultural expressions and rug design was an important one throughout modern history.

HYBRID WORLD
Rugs always represented a piece of somebody’s home and the themes depicted on them were people’s way to recreate their surroundings through their tradition. The rugs presented explore classic carpets’ themes of western & eastern culture in a new genre predicting our hybrid future. The Hybrid project originates through a research on the history of porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. Getting deeper and deeper in our research we realized that this was a phenomenon that was expressed in diverse fields of cultural expressions and rug design was an important one throughout modern history. The latest pieces of the collection are available at : seletti.it