On Colours by Philipp Weber – Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers
Glass-oriented designer Philipp Weber’s latest On Colours collection comes just as he is nominated for the Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers – an award dedicated to highlighting the importance of excellent design, good craftsmanship and qualified professional training to ensure the competitiveness of companies in Germany, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. The criteria for selection stipulates a high level of design quality and power of innovation as well as the consideration of society- and environment-related issues.
The 2012 Design Academy Eindhoven graduate always seeks to identify emotional qualities in the production process. Philipp Weber has a fascination for crafts and new perspectives on production. As the winner of the 2013 DMY New Talent Awards – he designed the 2014 trophy. His recently debuted On Colours – a collection of vases that can be best understood as a study of light and color in the glass.On Colours expandes upon the technical innovation first explored in A Strange Symphony – featuring a new trumpet-inspired glassblowing pipe which allowed Philipp Weber to conceive another way to shape the inner cavities of blown glass. By applying different colours to each chamber, these refractions create a chromatic mingle; at times, deceiving perception.
” ‘Where lies the significance of craftsmanship today?’, ‘What is the meaning of the human relation to a material and its processing?’ or ‘What remains of a craft?’ are questions that guide my approach. ” – Philipp Weber
On Colours – Photos: Philipp Weber
On 23 February, The Bavarian State Ministry will announce the winners of its annual Young Designers prize and subsequently open an exhibition of nominees’ work at the BMW Museum in Munich.