SERVING PLATE WHITE FCK

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Designer Frédérick Gautier
Weight (kg) 1.962000
Material cement
Content (cl) 0
Diameter (cm) 40
Height (cm) 2
Length (cm) 40
Width (cm) 40
The FCK plates are made in Portugal by skilled craftsmen from a rare clay variety that designer Frédérick Gautier has found in France, having the specific gray color he envisioned for his 'céramique de béton'. After a first bake, the plates are glazed with a semi-reactive glaze and baked again. The result is a robust plate with an earthy color chosen by Frédérick and deliberately not homogeneous in color, to emphasize the artisanal character. Not two plates are the same!
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Frédérick Gautier

Frédérick Gautier

Frédérick Gautier

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.

Design Process

“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.”

Frédérick Gautier
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