The Delicate LightThe distinction of the new Pu-erh collection lies in its use of ceramics as material to yield a lamp with a delicate, fabric-like effect.
Designer and ceramist Xavier Mañosa has created a texture, evoking pleated silk, which is then applied to a conical shade, casting a wide and beautiful ray of illumination. The Pu-erh begins with a rough sketch, drawn by the hand of its designer. This sketch, with all its ridges and grooves, was applied directly to the ceramic mold, yielding a lamp whose irregular variations supply a raw, natural effect. This underlies the collection’s most essential aspect: the simplicity of its artisanal process. The craftsman barely intervenes, letting the lamp take shape naturally within the mold. Pu-erh is arresting in its simplicity and innovation in the transparency of its process.
Xavier Mañosa founded Apparatu just five years ago and, in that short space of time, he has become one of the most up and coming ceramicists of his generation. When he took that step, he was living in Berlin. Perhaps that distance helped him to finally dedicate himself to what he had seen his parents doing during his childhood and which he had rejected, as an act of defiance, during his training as an industrial designer. In his case, the most fascinating part is probably that it is a combination of the two – his perspective from a distance and his eagerness to experiment linked to his knowledge of his trade, drawn from his home background.
Until 2009, Mañosa had his creative based in Berlin, from where he returned to the family workshop, located in an old industrial estate in Barcelona, where ceramic products for the building industry used to be produced. Nowadays, it is actually a focal point for antiques, which gives it the most inspiring atmosphere.
What fundamentally distinguishes Mañosa as a modern-day ceramicist is his boldness when it comes to combining different materials and to explore new forms of expression. Another question by which Xavier Mañosa has always set great store, from the outset, is the way in which his work is presented, which is obviously a reflection of his training as a designer and the fact that he belongs to the ‘digital generation’. On the one hand, his work stands out as a brand and, on the other, he raises its prominence through his Web site and by participating in numerous exhibitions and promotional events both inside Spain and elsewhere.