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SHIVA

Ceramic vase

Manufacturer BD Barcelona Design

(1973)
Pink glazed ceramic. “...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 for a decade. His “little architectures”, such as this flower vase, owe a great deal to that culture.

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 - Ceramic vase SHIVA LIMITED EDITION - BD Barcelona Design Ceramic vase BD presents a limited edition of the iconic Shiva Vase in the gold finish, designed by Ettore Sottsass.
The Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass was one of the first to collaborate with BD back in the 70’s, 10 years before he became famous on a worldwide scale with the mythic Memphis group. That’s when Sottsass travelled regularly to Barcelona and produced various designs for the Catalan editor. The first one was a table baptised with the name ‘Mettsass’ in 1972. He followed with an ash tray called “Manhattan” in ceramic and a glass vase called “Element of Architecture”, a lamp “Knossos” and another ceramic vase in pink, baptised with the name “Shiva”. It was in 1973 when BD had just been inaugurated and he symbolised it with a modern piece of fertility.
The master’s genius and committed character were imprinted on the original catalogue for this iconic piece, which BD continues to produce even today. In 2005, two years before Sottsass’ death, a gold prototype was made and was an award for an international competition for students of design. This is the very same one that Sottsass holds in his portrait. This piece has also been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 50 units. 

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