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39 Nugent Street
Auckland
P +64 9 379 9680
auckland@ecc.co.nz

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61 Thorndon Quay
Wellington
P +64 4 473 3456
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143a Victoria Street
Christchurch, 8013

+64 27 728 8556
christchurch@ecc.co.nz

Office by appointment only.

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Guaxs

Germany

At GUAXS they try to develop sculptural objects, that change the atmosphere of a room and have an effect on the people around them. They draw their inspiration from forms of nature and cultural artefacts, always influenced by personal experience gathered on travels, intuition and close observation. Their objects are made of authentic and sustainable materials, manufactured by hand following practical knowledge and handicraft techniques developed over centuries. Each piece shows the variable traces of human work on its surface, creating interplay between sculptural form and texture. More specifically, the design of their glass objects combines these aspects with a nuanced and strong colour impression, leading to a smooth and natural appearance. This allows them to integrate well into any architecture, while remaining something special and magic at the same time.

The design of their products is based on a philosophy that both intuitively and consciously leaves its mark on the experience of form. Cultural inspiration, the preservation of manual skills and the effort to create objects which have an organic effect are closely interwoven during this process. The search for a new shape is a process that requires further explanation. The origin of a new form is situated somewhere between a pool of forms inspired by nature or culture, the process of experience and a spontaneous idea. Starting from this spiritual moment, the evolution of form continues all the way through the visual dimension of draft to the physical experience of the hands while moulding the model form. This, however, is not the end; the object has to undergo one more procedure to arrive at its final form. At this point, the artisan joins in this process by working on the material. It is crucial to note that the characteristics of the material are not in contrast with the manual processing, and that surfaces are not just additional decor. In fact, the surface becomes an integral part of the object without leaving a cold and functional impression. If this succeeds, truly individual forms begin to develop: Design as an event in itself!