Michael Young designs Orzone vases for Gorbon

14 - 17th March
Design Shanghai

Michael Young has designed the Orzone vase for Turkish ceramics brand GORBON.The vase will be launched as part of a series during the 5th Edition of Design Shanghai 2018 and on view courtesy of ACAF. The design consists of subdivided fractal bubbles that wrap around the surface of the object.

The concept is a continuation of previous studies born out of trips to study the cloisonné production around Beijing but inspired by Young's interest in the techniques of liquid light shows decades earlier. In order to turn these into three-dimensional reality, a 3-D printer was used to build tools in Istanbul. From these, the factory must work purely by hand to maintain the delicate decorative lines prior to colouration. 

GORBON Ceramics was founded in Istanbul Turkey in 1957 by Prof. Dr. Rebii Gorbon. GORBON has been the leading company in Turkish ceramics market producing decorative handmade tiles for interiors and exteriors as well as dinnerware and giftware items. Today the company is led by Orhan Gorbon representing the third generation. Currently, GORBON is working with designers and architects all over the world and creating custom walls and objects in ceramics utilizing Gorbon’s full understanding of secrets of the unique colours and the durability of the tiles. Michael was responsible for rebranding the company and producing a range of commercial wall tiles and objects.

ACAF is dedicated to the promotion of Australian and Chinese contemporary art, and the integration of art into the community. It does this by facilitating reciprocal and meaningful cross-cultural exchange, encouraging collaboration and supporting relationship development between artists, collectors, institutions and social programs in Australia, China and the Asia-Pacific Region. The core activities of ACAF include an active Artist-in-Residence program, ACAF has also launched a charity program of art as therapy - ARTS CAN DO - to bring artists to work with the children of migrant workers in isolated villages and in cities. The goal is to undo the damage done by lack of family life and help unlock childrens minds, allowing them to develop normal emotional and cognitive responses to the world.

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