Photo courtesy of Mosss
"Approaching the same idea through different disciplines is definitely stimulating to the creative process, as it uncovers new challenges,» says founder of tech-meets-design community MOSSS, Jude Fulton, on their latest collaboration with one of Denmark's greatest architecture firms, BIG.
Both items are titled SKUM—the Danish word for foam—because, essentially, they are two designs, two disciplines, cut from an identical cloth. Apart from their striking similarities in terms of aesthetics, however, they couldn’t be more different.
"While inflatables [pavilion] bring to mind concepts of air-yness, lightness and movement, the SKUM vase in porcelain is an entirely different and unique challenge in its own right. As a beautiful household object, it has a kind of poetic response to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the SKUM inflatable at a large, public outdoor festival. The porcelain SKUM is intimate, handheld, even fragile, and meant to create small moments of beauty in the home," says Fulton.
The SKUM vase is a result of BIG’s online workshop collaboration with Mosss—an initiative that seeks to bring design education to a bigger audience through interactive video workshops, articles, design tools, and products. And while a global audience got the pleasure of workshopping with one of the world’s most prominent architects, the architect himself designed the SKUM Vase exclusively for Mosss.
Which brings us to the question; when is a concept actually considered as finished? Is it ever? Or perhaps more pressingly; should we ever want it to be?
"I don't know if an idea is ever finished,» Fulton laughs, «As architects, part of our process is to learn as much as possible from creating the same form or concept in a variety of scales and materials. I think it's stimulating creatively to see what material properties and nuances emerge with each experiment. It is difficult to obtain a high quality of production in a form that is a challenge for ceramicists. The porcelain SKUM raises new questions about materiality, balance, and technique."