Dutch designer takes inspiration from Niemeyer building (VIDEO)

AMSTERDAM, March 9 — Dutch product designer and interior architect Gert-Jan Soepenberg has revealed the first in a collection of vases inspired by leading architects, beginning with a concrete piece evoking the proportions and aesthetics of Oscar Niemeyer.

The Brazilian architect’s Palácio de Alvorada in Brasilia provides the basis for Soepenberg’s distinctly shaped Vase #1, which he made out of rotation-moulded concrete using a custom-made machine to achieve thin concave forms.

Soepenberg's designs, which also include Chair #1, Chair #2, Chair #3, Stool #1 and Sink #1, are made using natural or recycled materials. — Video screengrab
Soepenberg's designs, which also include Chair #1, Chair #2, Chair #3, Stool #1 and Sink #1, are made using natural or recycled materials. — Video screengrab

The vase’s watertight interior is coated with acrylic resin.

Vase #1 is priced at €129. The designer will give demonstrations of his production method from April 14-19 at Ventura Lambrate, part of Milan Design Week, where he’ll also unveil Vase #2, which will be inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright building.

Soepenberg’s designs, which also include Chair #1 (inspired by Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig-Zag chair), Chair #2, Chair #3, Stool #1 and Sink #1, are made using natural or recycled materials. — AFP/Relaxnews