With « Traces » – a vase and accessories collection – Sophie Dries has been transcending time and matter.
Sophie Dries’ « Traces » are like indelible marks that leave their imprints on a body, a landmark or an object, conveying tone and character. Such are the traces left by the artist on earthenware, which in time erode the earth, or by the first vases crafted at humankind’s dawn. These traces have inspired full and refined lines, enriching Sophie Dries’ vases and candle holders. As abstract, collectible items, they come charged with primal energies and contemporary poetry.
The French architect and designer channels ceramics with metal, and shapes vases into unique almost sacred creations. The timeless relics interlace the archaic and the modern, the raw and the sensitive, the warm and the cold, in an everlasting play on contrasts. Each handmade piece is part of a series of 8 numbered items, highlighting the very rarity of being, while offering an endless range of textures.
In Thomas Viviant’s hand, the traditional craft has given birth to rugged ceramics, black as a scorching volcanic stone hit with the unique stamp of Time. Michael Moore’s metalwork emerges with the perfect balance, lightening the geometric primal montages, harmoniously dancing with each other, speaking in one, unique voice. Polished copper, patinated brass or oxidized steel tubes and circles ally strength and gentleness, resulting in a subtle match between human craftsmanship and raw materials.
Warmly welcomed at Salone Del Mobile in Milan, the collection has been enriched with numerous vases and white cut china offering cups, created exclusively for Leclaireur after PAD London 2016, commissioned by Martine and Armand Hadida.
With « Traces », Sophie Dries maintains and deepens the eternal link between art and nature.