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  • VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2017 / PASSIONSWEGE / WIENER SILBER MANUFACTUR

     

    NOS TRUCS EN PLUME

    zizi / bobino / mesdames / toto & zizi

    @craig dillon

    magical seduction. staged sensuality. glamorous precision.
    finesse of movement. perfection of the little gesture.
    master of her art.

     

    a series of center pieces in playful drama - the glowing homage to the talented genius of - zizi jeanmaire - the muse of many - now re-staged. zerunianandweisz did not want to resist – but surrender to the masterful art of seduction.

    a tribute to Vienna's centuries-old silversmith tradition.

     

    @craig dillon

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    oscar

  • ways to disappear

    curated by alice stori liechtenstein

     

     

     

    Baudrillard theorised that every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed. We might choose an object because of its practical nature, but the objects we eventually prize above all others, are those which, like amulets, radiate an aura. Their function might not be discarded, but it turn into a ritual and become increasingly symbolic. They are objects precious enough to be cared for, and for this reason, with time, we will award them storytelling properties.

     

    zerunianandweisz have constructed a very personal and unique way of designing objects. Their creative process is triggered by an objet trouvé, around which, table top items of nuanced subtlety are conceived and arranged. In their latest collection Ways to disappear, zeruniananadweisz explore the themes of fading, dissolving and disguising: as the composition takes shape, the individual object disappear and merge, to create something new and unexpected. As soon as one piece is removed the illusion dissolves. Bowls of glass, trays of copper and spoons of silver are arranged with humour, and a tinge of sauciness, to perform as elements of a story.

    alice stori liechtenstein, may 2017

     

     

    we have been inspired by the ephemeral nature of matter that challenges our notion of creation & the urge of materialisation. We are addicted to the magical moments when, what we imagine - transforms into a reality. We were tempted to probe how far we would get exploring ways to disappear. We grappled with the prospects of fading, dissolving and disguising – but of course we could not resist turning this abstract concept into small stories leaving very tangible traces.'

    zerunianandweisz.spring 2017

     

     

     

     

    @paul graves

  • poetic sets in limited editions. a subtle play of design & craftsmanship revolving around found objects: the eponymous ‘fremdes vogel’. product-landscapes on trays, standing in a narrative context: open stories - touching, bold & sentimental. the collection is realized by master craftsmen of the caldarai, a roma community in transylvania, working for centuries in metal crafts.

     

    @stefan zeisler

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  • 7ooo blows is our first limited edition in copper, silver & brass. chased by hand. complemented by found treasures. reworked objects create small sensual landscapes, based on the traditional competence of the caldarari - a roma community in transylvania, working for centuries in metal crafts. It takes 7ooo rhythmic blows & seventy times in the fire until the final shape evolves. a year-long cooperation with victor clopotar redefining traditional forms. the result: a collection of product-landscapes that examine material, an ancient craft & a new cultural reference.

     

    @stefan zeisler

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  • the grand transylvanian tour: our seemingly exotic journey started three years ago - working with roma crafts wo/men all across romania. the challenges were plenty - the amazement enormous - the people & skills outstanding. we fell in love with their talent & stories. sometimes we were tempted to believe that we had reached our limit or, that we had seen it all - but there is always something more. so, that's why we keep going as if there was no return.

    we are there from the beginning. we discuss & re-discuss. we draw & re-draw. we sit next to our craftsmen in the chilling cold of the transylvanian winters & the scorching summers as well. we witness every single blow, the slow transformations, each curve – each plane, we insist on the finishing cuts. we are there, when the object finally materializes- relieved from the soot. a labor of love & dedication. one can confirm, by this time: we are obsessed: our objects look at us, talk to us & follow us.

    now, we believe mark glassner has found a way that they also might speak to you.

     

    an amazing interpretation of ‘7ooo blows’ more sculptural pieces.

    every item is chased by hand by a traditional roma craftsmen in transylvania.

    photos: mark glassner

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    .nadja zerunian

    is co-founder of the design group zerunianandweisz & advises the Erste Foundation’s Roma Partnership Program. She worked for a decade as a senior designer with Calvin Klein in New York before becoming creative director first at Georg Jensen and then at the Swatch Group. Nadja studied at the university of applied arts in Vienna under Ernst Caramelle, Carl Auboeck and Ron Arad. She lives and works in Vienna & the USA.

    peter weisz.

    co-founded zerunianandweisz. Previously, he worked as creative & fashion director & stylist for Schaufenster/ Die Presse, Diva, Woman, WIener, Ahead, Attitude/ GB, Palmers & Swarovski. under his eponymous label, he has designed bespoke fashion for men & women as well as outfits for staff at social hotspots including Ungerundklein, Taubenkobel & Wunderl. Peter studied fashion in Vienna where he now lives.

    we met over lunches & dinners. we volunteered / worked & now started dreaming together. zerunianandweisz.

     

    the very special thank you's:

    to aida, misha, sabri, samih. megumi. alexandra & alexandra, andrei, cristina, lexi, madalin, nicoleta, orlando, simona, victor. rebecca, gyorgi. khalid. alina, camilo, franz, hajni. adina & ion. karin, christoph, johanna / stefan & stephan, katharina & mark. my nick & your dizzi. but most of all the amazing crafts/wo/men who made this journey possible.….. lenuta, nevers, simona, victor, eva, zoli, teresa, gheorghe, elena, sandu,maria, zorin, maria, mica, cornell, ion, nicu, bebe, kostica & all

     

     

     

    photo credits: stefan zeisler, raphael sammer, mark glassner

     

     

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