Faces, a hommage to femninility

Michael Sieger’s ‘Objects to a muse’ renders a very personal homage to femininity. It is dedicated to his wife who has over the years supported him in his creative work as his muse. He wanted to express his gratitude to her with an in part limited collection of valuable objects. Opulent, sensual, charming – and with a hint of irony. Vases with a distinctly feminine form, curvaceous torsos, candleholders and vessels with stylised women’s faces – all by SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG. The sensuality of the shapes may also be understood as a tongue-in-cheek request to the beholder to also make use of his or her sense of touch. Could there be a better declaration of love?

Fürstenberg Ca’ d’Or by Sieger Vase Cachepot Wine Cooler

Sieger by Fürstenberg ‘Objects to a muse’ Faces vase or champagne cooler (Click photo to enlarge).

The champagne cooler presents femininity through artistically crafted porcelain. Three facial reliefs blend seamlessly into one other; eyes, nose and mouth have been modelled on classical proportions. Faces is ideal for presenting sumptuous beverages and, together with the Sip of Gold champagne goblet, creates an altogether harmonious image. Used as a vase, lush flowers liberate the imagination, thus giving rise to thoughts of lavishly coiffed hair.

Fürstenberg Objects to a muse by Sieger Vase Cachepot Wine Cooler

Sieger by Fürstenberg ‘Objects to a muse’ Faces champagne cooler is available in glossy white, not just with a 99% platinum or 24k gold, but now also with a satin-matt  powdery finish surface, with the feel of cashmere (Click photo to enlarge).

Fürstenberg Objects to a muse by Sieger Mug

Sieger by Fürstenberg ‘Objects to a muse’ Faces mug (Click photo to enlarge).

Anyone who drinks from this mug will delight anyone who lays eyes on them. On two of its sides is the filigree form of a woman’s face with classic features. Its proportions, such as the softly contoured mouth, are in the form of a precise relief. The mug’s base fits precisely on the saucers of the MY CHINA! tableware range, ensuring practicality.

Material: porcelain
Handmade in Germany

by Jean Amr

To the stars

Most of my regular readers know: I love black and white. And yes! I found my new China!! Timeless and classic! That would fit perfect with my black original Josef Hoffmann chairs and Giorgetti table… Minimalist and nonetheless opulent, made of the finest porcelain, and 24-carat gold applied by hand, with the beautiful name Ca’ d’Oro. Perfect for me!!

Furstenberg Sieger

Fürstenberg Ca’ d’Or by Sieger (Click photo to enlarge).

For someone who lives alone, I have a lot of different, beautiful Bernardaud, Herend, Cartier, Limoges, Hammersley Tiffany and Wedgwood porcelain. But drinking my Lapsang tea in the finest porcelain, with minimum thickness, with burnished gold refines pure black and white contrasts. must tast good! The geometric interplay gives rise to classic stripes, squares, circles and other architectonic patterns.

Fürstenberg Ca’ d’Or by Sieger Tea pot cup black white Yakymour

Fürstenberg Ca’ d’Or by Sieger (Click photo to enlarge).

Clarity and precision meet sensuality and poetry, the new Luna collection from SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG is sculptural in nature. Like a space capsule travelling towards the moon and stars, the vases feature the same harmonious contours to recreate the object-like character of these spacecraft.


Sieger by Fürstenberg Luna Ca’ d’Or cache pot vase (Click photo to enlarge).

Sensual and sculptural

Fascinated by space discovery, Michael Sieger infused the vases with their individual character. One thing that makes them so special is their tapering conical form; available in three sizes, they can therefore showcase both smaller and more lavish floral bouquets. They are available either in pure white or in a black-and-white decor that brings together both vertical and horizontal stripes, refined with 24-carat burnished gold.

Luna is available in different diameters and the following heights: 203mm, 215mm and 325mm.

These lines are completely handmade by Fürstenberg that shares the Sieger family’s high standards of quality and design. Handmade in Germany, dishwasher safe, but not suitable for the microwave. I Always prefer handwash for myself…

by Jean Amr

Lalique Crystal Architecture by Mario Botta

Lalique by Mario Botta

Mario Botta, the celebrated Swiss architect, was born in Mendrisio, Ticino in 1943. After serving an apprenticeship in Lugano, he attended art school in Milan, followed by studies at the University School of Architecture in Venice, obtaining his diploma in 1969 under the guidance of Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol. During this period, he had the opportunity to meet and work with Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn.

Mario Botta

Portrait of Mario Botta by © Beat Pfändler

At the very start of his career in 1970, the first buildings he constructed were already characterized by the intense research that his many later creations across the world would epitomize. Parallel to his architectural career, he pursued his educational interests, teaching and contributing to conferences, seminars and critical reviews at various schools of architecture in Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America.

His work has earned him widespread international recognition and there have been numerous exhibitions devoted to his creative designs. He has received more than 50 awards and accolades.
His most notable works to date include: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Evry Cathedral, the MART Museum in Rovereto, Italy, the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the Church of Santo Volto in Turin and the Tschuggen Bergoase Hotel in Arosa.

Géo, a masterful design characterized by its variable geometry and transparency

A perfect square, patterned with three-dimensional, pyramid-like shapes. A circle in the centre with a halo of pure crystal, drawing and pleasing the eye. The diffraction of the sun’s rays…

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Sketch of the Geo vase by Mario Botta

A masterful design characterized by its variable geometry and transparency, Géo epitomizes what unites the crystalmaker Lalique and the Swiss architect Mario Botta, an artist working with volume.”This vase can be interpreted as the miniature of a large palace”, notes Mario Botta, many of whose architectural projects show a similar appreciation for crisp lines and sharp angles.

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light

Mario Botta, quoting Le Corbusier

Visually, Géo refers to the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, a source of inspiration for the architect, who has never stopped experimenting with form in forty-five years of practice.

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Lalique GEO vase, 32,5 x 32,5 x 15 cm, clear crystal, limited and numbered edition of 250 pieces

Fired by Lalique’s master glassmakers, Botta’s sketch ‘crystallized’ into a remarkable Limited Edition: 250 vases made of clear crystal, each one signed and numbered, with its own certificate of authenticity. Emerging from steel moulds at the crystal works, these receptacles of light reflect the excellence of Lalique craftsmanship in every facet, matte or shiny.

This vase can be interpreted as the miniature of a large palace

Mario Botta

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Lalique GEO vase, art edition, 40 x 40 x 17 cm, limited and numbered edition of 8 pieces + 2 HC in midnight-blue crystal, lost wax technique

René Lalique refreshed the art of crystal-making by introducing new styles, first Art Nouveau then Art Deco. He knew that his real material, the one he actually had to ‘sculpt’, was light. This ambition has been perpetuated in the Géo art edition by eight master craftsmen (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France), in line with house tradition.

They chose the venerable ‘lost wax’ technique, which the master himself had revived and updated. The process, which originated in China 3,000 years ago, is used to cast bronze sculpture. Refractory plaster is moulded around a wax model that melts during firing in the kiln. The hollow left in the mould is three-dimensional, ready to receive the crystal. In the case of Géo, the crystal remains in the kiln for 20 days.

Before firing Géo, the artisans carefully craft the circle in the centre, conceived by the architect as the ‘core’ of the work. Here, Lalique’s expertise meshes perfectly with that of Botta. To describe his encounter with crystal, Botta quotes Le Corbusier: architecture is ‘the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light’. The Lalique Géo vase confirms this, brilliantly




Flowers, Crystal, Art Deco, the perfect combination

I love flowers. All kinds of… (ok… I have my preferences). I love the Art Deco style (ok….I have my preferences in that too). Flowers you have to put in a vase, and I have many of them… In all kind of shapes, sizes, styles and materials, like glass, crystal or porcelain. Most of them related in some way to the Art Deco style, but also some Empire. Some very cheap, others some special handmade precious items. Always surging for something special on the internet, or in some little secondhand shops…. to find something to put my flowers in….


William Yeoward Crystal Cristina Footed Trumpet Vase 16″ / 40cm

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I found an amazing range of fantastic vases! A fabulous collection of handmade and handcut crystal with dramatic cutting. The shapes are really wonderful. Traditional Art Deco trumpet shapes (ohh I love!) or modern dramatically cut spherical vases. All manner of sizes are available, from small bud vases to magnificent table centre vases. Delicately engraved or with bold flat cuts – designs for any setting. But those Art Deco style trumpet vases…..

………they are made for my flowers! Really!! They are!! That’s crystal clear!!

William Yeoward Crystal Victoria Footed Trumpet Vase 9″ / 23cm
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Found on http://www.williamyeowardcrystal.com/

by Jean Amr