By combining water, clay and sand, man was able to invent mortar, cement and concrete. These elements of our daily life and our homes, stem from the unprocessed material. Made from cement stoneware or earthenware, these “La T” teapots, called “Concrete Teapots,” are a tribute to architecture and the materials that have enabled humanity to survive. Concrete refers to the rough appearance of those materials invented by man and to the nostalgia of times spent in those interiors with which they are decked out. They are designed with respects for their primitive imperfections which are as much due to formal hazards as they are to poetic pitfalls. Every teapot's micro-architecture is based on elementary shapes: cylinders, trunks, cubes, cones, discs.
“Although I am immensely interested in Brutalism, I am not charmed by really brutal objects. I am mainly looking for simplicity and functionality.” For Gautier, it is particularly important that the user is encouraged to be creative with the shape: to create figures, delineate spaces, serve tea, or to simply rest their feet. Following Frédérick Gautier’s striking statement with his widely praised FCK tableware, he now presents an extension of his work in concrete. Gautier is a late bloomer in the design world. Only after more than twenty years in the cultural sector did he trade his job for an unpredictable livelihood as a designer – although ‘designer’ might not really be the right word when it comes to Frédérick Gautier. Gautier is an artist, an artist in concrete. No design is noncommittal, behind every object there is carefully considered inspiration, a story, or a technique he has worked on for months. Gautier's brutalist work leaves no one unmoved. You either love it or hate it. “Although I am immensely interested in Brutalism, I am not charmed by really brutal objects. I am mainly looking for simplicity and functionality.”