Milan Preview: Jorge Penadés’ Aquatic-Inspired Aluminum Vases

Jorge Penadés has been popping up on our radar a lot lately, and the Spanish designer’s latest move is a collaboration with the manufacturer BD Barcelona, a furniture brand known for its extensive design catalogue and pioneering technology in aluminum extrusion dating all the way back to the 1970s. Entitled Piscis, the six different vases are made from extruded aluminum profiles, converted from the offcuts of old tables and shelves (including those by Konstantin Grcic) produced over the last 50 years in BD Barcelona’s factory. The three different profiles have an incredibly vibrancy — the colors were inspired by fish from the Mediterranean sea, which is fitting considering Penadés grew up in a Spanish fishing village — and a construction beam-like structure. The duos of reds, yellows, blues, and greens would make any flower arrangement pop, but the project is an edition limited by the materials on hand. The project will officially launch at the Salone del Mobile in April — get them while you can.


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