First launched earlier this year at the Salone del Mobile, here's a closer look at a collection named 'Le Coppe della filosofia.'
Designed by Milan-based architect Michele De Lucchi for luxury French crystal house Baccarat, 'The Bowls of Philosophy' have also been produced in collaboration with Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique; with both manufacturers jointly placing their respective know-how, heritage and skills at De Lucci's disposal.
And, we must say, this power trio (De Lucchi has an excellent design pedigree of his own, variously working with Kartell, Olivetti, and Artemide amongst many others during his career) has resulted in incredibly beautiful pieces.
Here's three of his unique stemmed bowl designs, crafted simultaneously in hard-paste porcelain and hand-cut crystal - where the hand of both the ceramicist and the glassblower is especially eloquent.
The refined bowls swell out from a delicate stem, and then narrow above the cover in a discreet stopper.
'La Coppa dell’etica' is flat and broad, 'La Coppa della mistica' is tall and refined, 'La Coppa dell’estetica', the original matrix of the project, captures its entire spirit.
At Sèvres, these forms were decorated in the manufacturer’s signature blue and chased with the purest 24-carat gold, whilst Baccarat’s desire was to craft images of De Lucchi's three items in clear crystal.