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Close Up

Close Up

Close Up is inspired by Cristina Vezzini’s fascination with seeds, natural forms and their interaction with light. For Vezzini, seeds hold both personal and conceptual meaning; “I’ve collected seeds for over 15 years. Wherever I travel I seek them out. I find their forms and structures beautiful and they act as a reminder of that specific time, place and experience. Just as the seeds contain the potential for the growth of an entire plant, holding that information and dormant energy, they carry my own emotions, memories and stories, acting as a personal trigger.”

Vezzini has developed her own ‘seeds’, creating an interpretation of the natural forms in bone china, drawing on the repetition, texture and geometry. Cristina makes each ceramic seed individually; they are cast and then hand carved into distinctive textures.

Close Up encases clusters of these seeds in glass, a central light being diffused through the bone china, highlighting the intricate textures through patterns of light and shadow. The glass ‘pod’ is free blown by Stan Chen, meaning each fluid form is entirely unique. The ‘bubbles’ on the surface of the glass distort and magnify the forms and textures of the ceramic seeds, mirroring the movement of light through air bubbles underwater, or the experience of looking at microorganisms under a microscope. This distortion causes an interaction between the glass and ceramic elements, creating a visual dialogue between the two materials and forms.

Close up is available as both a pendant light and table light, and with three variations of textured seeds within the glass; geometric, line and holes. The light can be finished with choice of red, white or grey cable.

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Size: 21cm x 19 cm

Materials: Bone china, glass, brushed stainless steel fitting, LED E14 light bulb

Design Variations: Pendant or table tight. Seed variations – Geometric, Coral, Shell