Arnhem-based designers Visser & Meijwaard drew upon their Dutch heritage to create these matt black vessels for German design brand Pulpo. Debuted earlier this year during Milan design week, the FG vessels take their form from the shape of 18th-century Dutch cabinets. Covered in a matte black glaze, the urn-like vessels each feature a screw-top lid and are decorated with bold geometric shapes that resemble patterns carved into wood.
“Visser & Meijwaard have taken this emblem of Dutch culture and given it a modern twist resulting in ceramic vessels that can be described as futuristic yet at the same time are reminiscent of an ancient relic,” said Pulpo. “As well as drawing on their heritage, which was used as a starting point for FG, it is evident that the duo has taken inspiration from simple garden hardware – finding beauty in the everyday – and transferred this to a decorative yet functional vase and container with lid,” continued the brand.
The FG vessels – an acronym for Freaking Good – form part of the German brand’s wider New Romantic Black collection, which also features a cast glass table by German designer Sebastian Herkner and coloured cast glass shelves by London-based studio Silo. To coincide with the collection launch, Pulpo also released its own design book titled Black. The book features work from a variety of designers who were invited the brand to come up with a design concept using only the colour black.
Included in the book are black designs by Meike Harde, Ferréol Babin, Studio BrichetZiegler, A+A Cooren, Studio Furthermore, Davide Monopoli, Kai Linke and Daphné Le Cléach. Visser & Meijwaard – founded in 2013 by Steven Visser and Vera Meijwaardhas – designed a line of colourful zip-up coffins to help make death less depressing.
Graduates of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, the duo say they design “distinct but minimalistic products of which versatile materials and clear shapes constitute the essence.” Earlier this year at Parisian trade show Maison & Objet, Pulpo launched several new designs including a collection of frosted glass side tables and frosted glass lamps, both by longtime collaborator, Sebastian Herkner.