As someone who spent countless hours watching and learning from a mother who did porcelain, I can vouch for the hard work, careful handling and extensive research behind any ceramic piece. CTRLZAK brings this long tradition of ceramic objects to Milan for a showdown of East meets West. A unique collection showing the physical cross-fertilisation of European and Chinese porcelain production. In a one of a kind collection, Milan is the platform where CTRLZAK shows both aesthetics (Eastern and Western) as they come together to form a hybrid yet compelling narrative in porcelain form.
Based out of Milan and Greece, CTRLZAK's research and hard work is launched in two collections, CeramiX Art Collection & CeramiX Design Collection. The Design Collection is comprised of a plate, a bowl, and a cup (picture below) showing contemporary forms whereas the CeramiX Art Collection focuses on the remixes of two old traditions providing a discourse of history, production and their respective visual cultures.
What better way to celebrate such a rich history of ceramics from diverse cultures and production technologies into a unique but not seamless (literally) collection. The work adds value to the general discourse of design but also adds value to the historical contexts employed in the project. Yatzer believes we will see this collection in many philosophy discussions in studios and academia, technology and production conversations between artists, collectors and enthusiasts. The collection from CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio - CeramiX- will be presented during Milan Design Week 2010. The collection will be launched during a dinner-event upon invitation at the wine bar "Le Rosse".
CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio is a multidisciplinary team founded by Thanos Zakopoulos (Greece) and Katia Meneghini (Italy). The studio operates internationally in the field of contemporary art and design with a creative vision which is not limited by a specific framework developing thus work that ranges from product and space design to case specific art projects and installations. With the use of semiotic tools within the creative process the studio proposes forms which surpass common aesthetic values working on a cognitive level. The concept behind each project is to inspire a responsible awareness through the 'added value' that art has for society with a special attention to issues of environmental impact.