A profound love of paper and prints and the reuse of materials inspired Serax' house designer Marie Michielssen to create a series of characteristic lamps and pots in papier-mâché. The common thread in this collection is Nature, the earth in its most rudimentary form. Averse to all modern machine-driven techniques, Marie models each individual piece manually from recycled paper, elevating the release from the chains of perfection into a new art form.
Tall and narrow, or small and round, with large or small handles – of which the one may be a little lower than the other – no mug in the papier-mâché collection of Marie Michielssen is the same. The clearly visible rough structure of the material, the reddish brown, black and light grey 'primordial’ colours and the manually stippled prints reinforce the individuality of each pot with all its imperfections, just as Nature does in its creations.
For the papier-mâché lamps, Marie creates an innovative visual print by playing with volumes. The light finds its way out through a framework with a well thought-out linear structure. The unique, traditional character is not only reflected in the prints, but also in the shapes and colours. In the light, natural colour of the papier-mâché or in warm soothing earth tones, hanging or standing, the papier-mâché lamps by Marie Michielssen for Serax enrich the light and atmosphere of any interior.
Home designer Marie Michielssen completes her Earth collection with flower pots, vases and a papier-mâché lamp. For outdoor use, plant pots in terracotta have also been added. Everything comes in primitive-looking shapes, with a texture that accentuates the earthly character of the collection. "With the vases in papier-mâché, I feel my visual language shifting ever closer towards the sculptural. Even with the lamp, it was of great importance to me that it would remain aesthetically interesting when not turned on, explained Michielssen. The designer does not put anything down on paper upfront; no technical drawings or 3D models on a computer. She would much rather let the material speak for itself in the design process. “During modelling, I often play with primary shapes such as a cone, a ball, or a square. I bring them together to come up with new shapes. For every design, an extensive study of shapes takes place beforehand; it all happens very intuitively.” Papier-mâché has a great advantage since it allows a free, organic way of designing. Furthermore, this material provides a special tactile result, which is an absolute must for the Earth collection. The vases were fitted with a fibre layer inside, to guarantee their water tightness.