A Porcelain Vase by Thomas Feichtner
Published on November 8, 2012
In April 2011 Thomas Feichtner presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan’s the project “A Porcelain Vase” , now we have the pleasure of seeing the making of piece.
The Porcelain Vase, is produced by the tradition-steeped Viennese manufactory Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten. Vases have always been both a central element of product design and something of a cultural-historical reflection. They are at once archetypical and autonomous. And in equal measure, they embody both documents of their respective eras and visions of the future. No Austrian producer is more closely linked to the history of the vase than Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten. As the world’s second-oldest porcelain manufactory, Augarten has continued with the hand-production of vases to this very day. Such products illustrate the various eras of the past 300 years in an iconographic fashion, including the modernism of the Wiener Werkstätte and culminating in the manufactory’s present-day artistic exchange with contemporary designers.
Porcelain Vase is a formally convincing and almost technical-seeming cone. Divided by three legs, its conical body provides an ideal base and remains stable even when used with long-stemmed plants. Its legs are not add-ons, but rather integral parts of the vase itself. The constructive interplay between the basic body’s consistency and the vase’s overall formal freedom gives rise to a highly distinct aura. The vase is one of a series of objects by Feichtner which are likewise based on a tripartite concept. WhileMayas Bed 2008, Linz Hocker 2009 and Fruit Bowl 2010 are each highly individual works, they all stand out by virtue of having three legs.