Custom Ceramics: EyeBodega X Chandelier

25 September, 2017

When our Founder, Richard, first saw EyeBodega’s ceramics at the Ace Hotel in L.A, he secretly wished they’d create a special edition for our New York office. It wasn’t long before EyeBodega’s Ari Spool and Rob Chabebe reached out, to find a way to collaborate. Ari and Rob proposed a few projects, among them a colorful collection of small planters, which now decorate our New York office and will be available for purchase on our webshop soon.

Tell us about EyeBodega Studio. What are your main obsessions and inspirations?

EyeBodega is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio founded in 2009 and based in Brooklyn. We're currently obsessed with and inspired by Caetano Veloso and colorful plastic.

Your planters remind us of the Memphis Studio and Ken Price's work, would you agree?

We admire both the Memphis Group and Ken Price greatly, so that's a good compliment! We're always interested in vigorous applications of patterns, textures, and shapes, which both of those artists excel at.

"The idea for the planter was to design the planter for a specific plant, so that the two things, paired together for life, would live and grow from each other."

Tell us how the collaboration with Chandelier came to happen?

We noticed Richard citing our work as an inspiration and reached out. After working together on a client-facing project, Zan Goodman [our Design Director] asked us to propose an idea for an art project. We submitted five different ideas, and Chandelier picked the idea of a variety of small planters. After some iterations of the design, we created the planter from our sketches with a ceramic process called hand-building (with the help of our friend, a ceramicist in Brooklyn). Then we glazed each planter individually.

Describe our planter/vase: How did you come up with the idea for the shape? The colors?

The idea was to design the planter for a specific plant, so that the two things, paired together for life, would live and grow from each other. At the time, we were interested specifically in a type of cactus called a graft. These are two cacti that have been cut and then attached to each other, and they grow together into one. We wanted the planter to suit this type of cactus, so we were drawing many shapes that melded geometry with organic forms, also as a sort of "graft." The colors of the vases were chosen as a set and then applied in an improvisational fashion, again meant to be organic and free-form. We also made sure the design was attractive and modern, to fit in with Chandelier's modern office aesthetic.

Words by The Editors.

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