Rino Claessens’ modular furnishings experiments with ceramic design

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Rino Claessens designs modular ceramic furnishings. His work is constructed from primary components, fired in a small kiln, after which assembled to create daring and impactful types that form the areas they occupy. Utilizing accessible supplies and progressive strategies to beat limitations, Claessens has made adaptation a key element to his apply and creativity; fostering a fascination with objects that may be approached in a wide range of methods.

Rino Claessens: experimenting with ceramics

A bit from the Modular Ceramics sequence

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His present mission is Modular Ceramics, a set of enormous stoneware made utilizing his distinctive technique  of fabrication. Conceived as a system to extend Claessens’ freedom as a designer, each bit is constructed  utilizing a unique choice from a handful of straightforward components, which match collectively like ceramic constructing blocks.  Fired individually, and related utilizing hidden bolts inside, Claessens can use totally different mixtures of modules to supply distinctive designs. 

Rino Claessens ceramic furniture

Versatile Shaped Desk Mirror for Galerie Scene Ouverte

(Picture credit score: Pierre Castignola)

It’s a system born from limitation, and Claessens’ innate potential to work with the instruments at his disposal to  create on a scale far past their conventional use. As he explains: ‘I used to be making all these objects that have been  primarily the identical dimension as my kiln. In order that was actually my restrict in dimension… and the kind of object that I  might make. So I designed this technique of shapes that I can join and repeat, to make an infinite quantity  of objects.’

Claessens first studied ceramics on the Design Academy Eindhoven, earlier than taking a placement on the Ceramic College of Arita, Japan; the historic house of the nation’s porcelain trade. Working with  supplies like kaolin stone, found in Japan throughout the seventeenth century, Claessens was uncovered to all  aspects of conventional Japanese porcelain manufacturing. ‘They cowl all of the elements there. They’ve the  mines, they domesticate the fabric; all of the steps within the course of… it’s actually refined work.’

Rino Claessens ceramic furniture

Desk lamp from the Versatile Shaped Assortment

(Picture credit score: Courtesy Rino Claessens)

Whether or not exhibiting in Parisian galleries, or inserting his work in home settings, a key element to  Claessens’ present apply is having the ability to talk this creativity to his viewers. By interacting  along with his ceramics and the method of modular considering, his design encourages individuals to mentally  deconstruct and recombine the various components of his furnishings, unlocking new concepts and methods to work together with  area. Nonetheless, while producing inspiring work, Claessens is humble about his ambitions. He stays  targeted on the practicalities of manufacturing, exploring what will be accomplished along with his supplies, and his  private journey with ceramic design. 

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