(jiří macek) In Whitefruits, Gabriel Vacha and Antonín Tomášek’s porcelain delicatessen, one can buy vases, saltboxes, and plates according to their weight.
The poetics of Whitefruits’ porcelain world works again. The older shapes of Dr. Bolíto (Dr. It Hurts) plates, Bříza (Birch tree) cups, Loves Me, Loves Me Not cups, or the Cibulka (Onion) vase are accompanied by new shapes. The shape of the Amphora vase is turned upside down; the Hopkirk vase looks like a ghost or a thin spool. The surface of the Onion vase, a cult favorite and produced in a special edition, resembles a real onion with its fine vein structure. Among the other novelties, one can find a saltbox designed for Whitefruits by their Swedish friend – the artist Linda Carlsson. The salt in it is completely under your control - thanks to its indicator, you can see how much salt you are sprinkling on your cucumber.
Whitefruits would not be Whitefruits if they did not introduce their collection in an original way. For this year’s presentation at Designblok, they chose a fruit and vegetable stand. Pick your favorite piece of porcelain, put it on the scale, press the respective picture button, and the price will come out on a label. In this way, you can discover how much two apparently similar things can differ.
Porcelain is a princess that is difficult to command. You can think of a form, make a perfect pattern, and mold it. However, in the end, it always does what it pleases at least a little. You can get used to the fact that it shrinks when you burn it and always think about it in two different sizes – the pattern size and the final product size. Nevertheless, what you can never get used to is the fact that it will remember any type of clumsy movement during its production. The weight difference should suggest that you are not buying a thing, but individuality. Or, at least one can say this about the Whitefruits studio’s products.
Saltbox, design: Linda Carlsson and Whitefruits, photo: Jiří Thýn