Camel Vase


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Designer Anton Ginzburg
Manufacturer Studio Radia
Country United States
Date 2004
Material Ceramic
A mal-growth in the object's profile allows the vase to function both vertically, by standing on its stem, or horizontally, by resting on its "hump". The vase is predominantly white except for an orange glazing on one facing side. Depending on the vase's orientation, either of two color surfaces is displayed. A clever rope device stretching across the opening of the vase directs cut flowers into unconventional floral arrangements.

This vase is one of a series of MUSEUM SOUVENIRS, commissioned by Gregory Krum, then retail director, to inspire new thinking about souvenirs and merchandise in a museum context.

MUTINY, the first in the series was designed by ANTON GINZBURG. For this project, GINZBURG began the design process by analyzing the holdings of the typical museum store (traditionally a collection of mass-manufactured objects such as mugs, notebooks and replicas) and decrease them to a register of archetypal forms and materials. He then recreated these forms into his own lexicon of two-dimensional and graphic shapes. Following an "awakening" these two-dimensional shapes were MUTINY-ed into three-dimensional objects. The resulting line includes a porcelain plate, silk scarf, notebook, glassware, vase and scented candle.

ANTON GINZBURG is an artist and designer based in New York City. His work has crossed many different mediums including fashion art direction, television and print advertising, book design and fine art.