Serax Spring-Summer 2018: a mix that matches | Serax
Serax fills the spring and summer of 2018 with an eclectic collection, laced with Japanese influences and functional trendsetters with an austere or playful design.

The Japanese philosophy ‘wabi sabi’ –perfection in imperfection – sets the tone in Serax’ new collection. Surprising and functional objects made of rough materials such as concrete and papier-mâché alongside fine porcelain and smooth steel. Natural and sober colours alongside cheerful and warm tints. Big names alongside novices. An eclectic combination that fits perfectly in this era of mixing and matching.

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Meal x3

Merci for Serax

Where the previous tableware collection by Merci, ‘La Nouvelle Table’, embodies a large variety of smaller dishes and plates for sharing food with your dinner guests, the designers now go for the very essence with their MEAL x 3 collection. Because a dinner table can go without a knife, fork, dish, or plate. But without a bowl and spoon things could become complicated. Bowl food is ‘hot’ these days. From Oriental udon dishes through bowls filled with daily fresh seafood and vegetables to the comforting warmth of delicious soup. Or even your daily morning cereals. In short: plenty of opportunities! Moreover, Merci’s different bowls are sure to spark off some additional culinary inspiration. The MEAL x 3 stoneware collection includes spoons and bowls in three shapes, colours and sizes, with the smallest bowl offering the perfect receptacle for your tea for example. The mixing & matching of colours, shapes, sizes, and – of course – ingredients is entirely up to you.

About Merci

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Marie Michielssen for Serax

Eclectic, a world full of wonderful extremes with a well-thought-out structure. That is the first thing that comes to mind for the new collection of Marie Michielssen. Serax’ house designer likes variety, both in style and in her use of materials and colours. From papier-mâché through concrete to porcelain, cheerfully coloured or in relaxing natural colours, inspired by vintage architecture or by the earth in its most rudimentary form, each collection is completely different. Still, her work is not without a common thread: everything is perfectly in balance. An idea, a feeling, a story is expressed by each individual element; everything seamlessly melts together.

About Marie Michielssen

Earth

With the earth as her muse and averse to all modern machine-driven techniques, Marie models characteristic lamps and pots in papier-mâché, elevating the release from the chains of perfection into a new art form. The unique, traditional character of her papier-mâché collection for Serax is not only reflected in the prints she creates by, among other things, playing with volumes, it also shows in the primary forms and the use of primordial colours.

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Casa luis

Different architectural classics have inspired the versatile designer for her new collection of concrete pots. The typical bright-coloured surfaces reveal the unmistakable influences of the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, while the Parisian mosaic tiles were the starting point for the vintage mosaic pots. Standalone or in series, the concrete pots of Marie Michielssen for Serax add a playful, timeless and stylish note to any interior.

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Eaunophe Lamp

Patrick Paris for Serax

The Eaunophe lamp by Patrick Paris for Serax plays an ingenious visual game of surprising contradictions. In its distinctive style, the French designer plays a bizarre game of cat and mouse with the function of the object. Flat on the table, cupboard or floor, the Eaunophe lamp just looks like a sturdy, solid concrete sculpture in the shape of a lampshade. But as soon as you slightly tilt the lamp, a warm and diffused light emerges from under the hood. As if by magic, everything merges into a harmonious game of hard and soft, cold and warm, aloof yet welcoming at the same time. The Eaunophe lamp by Patrick Paris for Serax, a brilliant surprise party made of concrete.

About Patrick Paris

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Terra Light

Lauren Van Driessche for Serax

From an original birthday gift for her partner to a collection of mood lamps. Terra Light, by Lauren Van Driessche, is born out of love with a dash of functionality and has grown into a playful collection of table and floor lamps that, almost imperceptibly, add that little touch of extra atmosphere. An adjustable sphere resting on an empty cylinder can shine its light in any desired direction. The warm terracotta material and the robust finish provide for an artisanal look, while the white-coloured interior of the sphere creates a beautiful contrast and optimises the reflection of the light in a peculiar way. Terra Light is the first collection that Lauren Van Driessche presents in collaboration with Serax, but she is already musing on an expansion of the terracotta collection.

About Lauren Van Driessche

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Komorebi & Bonseki vases

Denis Guidone for Serax

Denis Guidone brilliantly merges Japanese art with Western influences. For his new collection of Komrebi and Bonseki vases for Serax, the Italian designer has drawn on the ancient Japanese arts bonseki and ikebana – miniature landscapes with gardens, hills and mountains, and ‘living’ flower arrangements. 

A game of lines and rhythm, combined with the special optical effect orchestrated by the borosilicate glass, plays with the light and expresses an invitation to add an abundance or just a simple touch of colour with a single flower or a well-orchestrated sequence of natural elements. At first sight, the Bonseki vases appear to be three separate pieces, but in reality, they are merged into a magically balanced unity. With the collection of Bonseki and Komrebi vases, Denis Guidone and Serax invite you to create your personal ikebana arrangement or miniature flower landscape.

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Base

Piet Boon by Serax

Piet Boon by Serax Cutlery carries through the same pure and honest characteristics as the previously released successful tableware line: robust and elegant at the same time, rich in simplicity and unique in form. Each spoon, fork, or knife of the 8-piece Piet Boon by Serax Cutlery collection is made from a single piece of premium quality stainless steel. In addition to giving them a sleek, solid look, it also extends a most pleasant sensation. Augment your cutlery with just a couple of pieces, indulge yourself or your loved ones with the exquisite 24-piece giftbox, or go for the ultimate Piet Boon by Serax experience with the silver-plated version. With Piet Boon by Serax, small moments become highlights.

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Milieux de vos tables

Isabelle de Borchgrave for Serax

In her collection ‘Milieux de vos tables’, which she introduces in collaboration with Serax, Isabelle de Borchgrave highlights a collection of vases. With these three new large vases, she ingeniously succeeds in misleading the viewer into thinking that they are stoneware of Tunisian or Coptic origin, but this is nothing but an optical illusion. In reality, they are decorative masterpieces, exclusively made of paper, glue and acrylic paint, that can easily be stored in the cupboard when your interior needs another new look. After all, variety is the spice of life, and you can leave it up to Isabelle de Borghgrave and Serax to provide that spice.

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Studio Simple for Serax

From the philosophy that furniture should primarily be functional, Studio Simple live up to their name once more. Basic tools such as steel trestles and an elementary laminated table top become a stylish working or dining table that can easily be moved, or even made larger or smaller. Pull up a Less Low Seater and let the design work its magic while you lean back reading your newspaper. If you want to continue reading your paper at a later time, you can simply store it on the rack beneath the seat. Set the table and enjoy an extensive breakfast from the premium birchwood cutting boards and a refreshing glass of juice or water from the ingenious glass dispenser. Thanks to the reduced circumference of the bottom and the elevated base, the dispenser is not only beautiful, solid and user-friendly, it is pretty thrifty too. Empty means empty, well … almost that is. Clearing the glasses becomes an easy and swift task with the Shovel Tray, a convenient and surprisingly stable serving tray resembling a shovel. With their ease of use and the straightforward appearance of Studio Simple’s objects for Serax, you make life more beautiful and ... simpler. When the sun goes down, the lights go on. At first glance, Studio Simple’s lamps for Serax look rather uncomplicated. However, beneath all that outward modesty lies an ingenious and complex design that takes the aesthetics to a higher level. And a wink and nod are never far away … The Ball Light, for example, looks like it is about to escape through the opening in the top of the shade. And the Long Arm resembles a rotatable arm that appears to be emerging from the wall to shine its light in any direction you wish. The warm colour of the Terracotta Bowl Lamp ensures a particularly atmospheric solution in the shape of an upside-down fruit bowl. And while the Tridot can hold a plant, a bunch of flowers, or a piece of art all day, in the evening you can pull it up to your reclining armchair. Place your glass on it, switch on the lamp, and relax with a good book. Studio Simple lamps for Serax effortlessly blend into any interior, but as soon as you use them you see them in a different light.

About Studio Simple

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Frédérick Gautier for Serax

With a distinct preference for simple shapes with rough concrete aspects, the quirky French designer Frédérick Gautier pays a tribute to architecture with his ‘Urbanistic Ceramics’. The ‘micro-architecture’ of the vases, plates and teapots by Frédérick Gautier for Serax resonates to the echo of masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. In a modernist perspective, the objects represent a kind of brutalism that emphasises the texture and imperfection of the material, rendering any form of embellishment redundant.

About Frédérick Gautier

Vases à arroser

Frédérick Gautier’s industrial concrete Vases à arroser from his FCK collection for Serax, inspired by the floating bollards in the locks of the canals in Paris, include four minimalistic water reservoirs that reflect the opulence of the flowers when they are filled.

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Bau vases

For his sandstone and weathering steel Bau vases, Frédérick harks back to the Bauhaus architecture in the streets of Tel Aviv. With this vase you can highlight a single flower or create floral profusion by joining several elements, like an architectural structure.

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Assiettes Concrete Style

But his vases are not his only items that put the products of Nature on a pedestal. The new tea-for-one pots from the FCK collection and the plates of the Assiettes Concret Style collection share the same purpose. Large, solid, and sober, in the colours of the earth so that they do not monopolise attention. With the Assiettes Concret Style and the FCK teapot collection by Frédérick Gautier for Serax, the lead role goes to the food and drinks thanks to the unique supporting role assigned to the tableware.

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