(jiří macek) So far, glass and cork have most frequently met in wine bottles. However, Tomáš Král gave their time-honored co-existence a completely new meaning when he uncorked bottles in his final collection, entitled Plug, at the prestigious ECAL in Lausanne. The effect is extraordinary.
Combined with blown glass, layered leaves of carved cork enabled Král to construct objects in a new way, i.e. he constructed 3D details of bowls, jars, and lights, strictly speaking, from flat areas. Moreover, the effect of combining a solid compact material with porous and completely different cork endowed the objects from the Plug collection with warmth and humanity. Thus, the objects are reminiscent of old crafts, such as straw breadbaskets.
“The functionality of the individual objects is very simple. The main idea was to draw attention to linking cork and glass,” says Tomáš Král, describing the collection, which won the Designblok Award for Best Collection of Accessories. One simply could not miss the interesting combination of materials, crafts, and the CNC method, plus forms that were minimalist, yet distinct. It is no wonder that the Slovak designer started working as an assistant at the ECAL. Plug!
Photo: Michel Bonvin