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“Puru” Lamp is a table light with a soft gradient light effect. An elongated, bubblegum-coloured glass bubble appears as if it is being blown out of the ceramic base. The piece embodies the inherent qualities of mouth-blown glass, materialising the glass blowers breath in an archetypal bubble form. The idea for “Puru” Lamp came from testing opaque glass colours, and the gradient effect created by the glass getting thinner towards the top of the blown bubble, expanding the colour. The piece is a moment frozen in time.
Each piece has very slight differences in colour and form and size, as all the parts are hand-made with care in Finland. Includes a LED light source.
Glass part is mouth blown in Riihimäki by Mafka & Alakoski.
The ceramic base is hand made in Helsinki by Erin Turkoglu.
Blown Glass, Ceramics
Erin Turkoglu is an artist and designer working with subtlety of colour, material and an experimental crafting process. Her work is influenced by poetry, architecture and archeological archetypes as well as exploring the boundaries of material and process.
The body of work in this collection consists of pieces by Greek designers of the mainland and the diaspora, or international professionals who live and work in Greece. As a common theme we tackle the elusive notion of “Greekness” and how this transpires through the work of seemingly diverse and distinct individuals. In our attempt to define “Greekness”, we aim to raise questions about how this plays out in the work presented.
How do Greek designers view their identity? Is it through their effort to decipher their heavy heritage? Is form important in order to achieve a predisposed classic elegance, or is a philosophical disposition towards shape more poignant? Could it be simply a resourcefulness and DIY ethic to make up for the absence of design infrastructure?
How do Greek designers based abroad deal with their background? Could it be that they simply ignore it in order to finally free themselves? Is there a certain amount of innovation necessary in order to channel it into the new environment?
Finally, how do foreign designers see their work influenced by their Greek surroundings? Is it the reference through the use of noble materials such as marble or the abundance of natural light that makes their work unquestionably Greek? Or could it be something else they were seeking when they decided to move here, something abstract like humour or drama? Could their arrival finally mean a departure from Greek heritage’s self-reference?
The pieces that we present might seem ill-matched, but they share an important core element. They are confident in their narrative of a personal story of identity, that is either at peace or against the Greek archetype. Through this communication, they all describe a culturally mature and vibrant scene that is finally extroverted and coming of age.
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