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.
Frédérick Gautier: “On a boat trip through Paris, we had to moor in a lock. The characteristic form and the functionality of the floating bollards the boat was attached to immediately attracted my attention.”