Thierry Forbois: on the vascellum
I wanted to create something unprecedented. From a technical standpoint, the Wine Ceremony’s vascellum is arguably the most sophisticated object ever designed for serving and decanting wine. But that’s not why I love it. I love its daring and insolence.
For me, it’s not the successful grafting of an artificial heart into the body of a work of art. It shows that we can go beyond the perceived divergence between art and science. The beautiful and the useful are not additions, but symbiotically coexist, inseparable from the whole. As if the pleasing sight of a curve also offered the best design solution for a device in terms of shape, or as if from the perfect device for a performing a certain function, the harmony of a curve suggested itself. To perceive it solely as a work of art is a mistake. To perceive it solely as a useful tool is just as erroneous. Its nature is something else, undefinable, and therein lies its mystery.
It’s also a work of resistance! An object that goes against today’s dominant production trend of mass-producing objects whose industrial esthetic, even when cleverly designed, utterly fails to resonate with our being, with who we really are. From smart phones to cars and can-openers, we are surrounded by impeccably designed objects, ingenious devices that please our senses, but are mute when it comes to our souls. It’s the difference between bay windows in a building and the stained glass at Chartres Cathedral. The same light passes through them both. Inside the former, it shines on us; inside the latter, it speaks to us…