Luca Nichetto designed Essence, a collection of household vessels and interior objects, to evoke the tools most commonly used in artisinal production. Each object in the line—vases, bowls, candle holders, tables—represents a moment in the production process, acting as a ghostly signifier of an object's genesis.
For example, the vessels pair brilliantly colored glass bowls and vases with bone white ceramics with the surrounding forms cradling them, calling to mind the molds used in glassblowing.
Produced by the ceramics manufacturer Bosa in collaboration with the storied glass-maker Venini, the collection strikes a poetic balance between the two materials rarely seen since the work of the late Ettore Sottsass.
No novice himself, The Venetian Nichetto has worked with other leading Italian manufacturers such as Salviati, Bonaldo, Casamania, Foscarini and Moroso. The collection, which debuted this month at Laboratorio 2729, will travel next month to the Paris boutique 107 Rivoli, followed by the Vessel Gallery in London, and return once more to Paris for the Maison et Objet show.