Kishu vases maya selway

At first glance, these vessels and candle holders appear to be no more than unfinished line drawings on white paper. But the Kishu collection by Maya Selway is actually a functional set of sculptural home decor items, crafted from oxidized copper and weighted carefully to help them balance.

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Set against a white backdrop, the objects create an optical illusion of two-dimensionality. Selway, a silversmith and jeweler who has also worked in theater set design, had to experiment with the weight and design of each object to ensure that it would stand upright despite being little more than an outline.

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The design won second prize in the Object category at the Interieur Design Awards at the Interieur design biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium.

While the bowls and bottles can’t actually hold anything, the vase comes with a shallow silver dish at the base to hold a small amount of water.

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About designer Maya Selway:

“With the heart of an artist and the observations of a poet, Maya is a jeweller marked apart by an approach led by ideas rather than technique. Ideas always underpinned by exacting craftsmanship. She emerged into art school when everybody was telling her that conceptual art was the thing, that grit under the fingernails and simple materials were outmoded and backward looking. That’s when the thousand-yard stare helped her out, because being Maya she wanted to have both. To live and breathe in a workshop, at the same time as rigorously, nurturing her thoughts and feelings into a conceptual framework that would sustain her work for a lifetime.”

“From an artistic family and after creative explorations in prop making, silversmithing and sculpture she has come to settle on jewelry for its ability to relate to human experience. And so her art has found its way, not into the confines of the gallery but into the universal language of precious jewels.”