Ann Demeulemeester – who left her eponymous fashion brand six years ago – just launched two collections of porcelain tableware, glassware, cutlery and lighting at Paris Maison&Objets fair 2019 (from September 6th to 10th)
The designer designed tableware after years of training and experimenting with porcelain.
"The Dé collection is composed of four sizes of dinner plates, five sizes of bowl, espresso cups, regular cups and a milk jug. Each object is decorated with black or red brush strokes that create a "chiaroscuro" effect." Every one of those plates is painted by hand and therefore unique," says Ann. "It was the most complicated collection we have ever produced," says CEO of Serax, Axel Van den Bossche.
The cutlery collection called Zoe was inspired by the historic uranium glassware produced between 1870 and 1940. « Together with Serax we searched for a procedure to come as close to that colour as possible without using the radioactive uranium » Ann says.
The second collection of tableware is called Ra. It is composed of a full dinner service with a cake stand. Like the glassware, it comes in green, white porcelain and in a version with a black on the outside.
Working with her husband, the designer Patrick Robyn, Ann experimented making light with porcelain ribbons. "The impact of these lamps on their surroundings is almost cinematic," said the designer.
In total the collections comprise more than ten different designs.
Ann says: "Everybody was very curious about my next step, so I wanted it to be bold. I couldn't just design one bowl."