Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. She focuses on the communicative potentials of objects as a means to create emotional bonds between object and user. By searching for the sensual essence of phenomena, she translates these qualities into sensuous objects with a Scandinavian simplicity.
Melvær has exhibited her work in Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Tokyo, Paris, London, Prague, Zagreb, Berlin, Kortrijk, Stockholm, Lillestrøm, Stavanger and Oslo. One of her Ray prototypes was acquired by the VitraHaus exhibition in 2012.
Melvær is currently collaborating with different producers developing a number of prototypes and new objects for production. The Soft Bowls and Soft Vases are in production with When Objects Work.
Following the concept of the wooden Soft Bowls, these colourful vases express the same fluid shapes with the overlapping transparency of glass. The series consists of twelve vases with three sizes in burgundy, green, blue or transparent glass.
Another new object called Seasons Vases are in production with Magnor Glassverk.
The Seasons Vases are inspired by the shifting colors of nature through a year. The first vase is inspired by cherry blossoms and bright green leaves against the clear spring sky. The second vase dives into the summer sea with algae on the bottom and waves on top. The third vase shows golden autumn leaves gradually covering the green ground. The fourth vase interprets winter snow gently falling to the ground.
The pattern of the mouth blown vases are made using a technique that gives every vase an unique motif. The vases can be used together or alone. By shifting the vases with the seasons, the vases can be used as a calendar reflecting the seasons outside.
Compiled by Ilana Swanepoel
Images courtesy of www.kristinefivemelvaer.com