Virgil Fine Porcelain Bowl
Exquisite, timeless and restorative: exactly what you can expect from Markian.
Beautiful, paper-thin and a dream to eat from, Virgil doubles as a bowl and side dish. This piece is a textural feast, with a subtle pattern interpretation of the Vieira motif.
Glazed inside and unglazed outside, this bowl is a feast for the senses.
Julie Smeros is an Australian artist living and working in Brisbane.
With training in both photography and ceramics, Smeros works principally with clay. Interested in the experience of the first generation Greek Australian, Smeros’ vessel forms invite the known or learnt memory with evocations of the ancient vessel
Use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft-bristled brush or a dishcloth to wash. Use mild soaps and detergents. Don’t freeze. Keep it out of the oven and away from direct flame. Avoid really hot water.
170mm diameter x 30mm
“I feel like, what’s the point of design and art if you’re not creating and thinking freely? It’s the duty of artists to dream out loud in a productive way. For me, it’s depressing if an industry based on creativity just makes decisions on a practical basis.” - Virgil Abloh.
Virgil Abloh was an artist, architect, and fashion designer. He was born in Rockford, Illinois (U.S.A.), in 1980 to Ghanaian immigrant parents. His father managed a paint company, and his mother was a seamstress, the latter of whom taught Abloh the tricks of her trade.
Abloh then obtained a master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Whilst Abloh was attending IIT, there was a building on campus under construction designed by the architect Rem Koolhaas (who had also worked on runway collections for Prada), which helped spark his interest in fashion. While studying architecture, he designed T-shirts and wrote on fashion and design for a well-known blog, The Brilliance.
It was at the Illinois Institute of Technology where Abloh was introduced to a curriculum established by Mies van der Rohe, formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that taught him to combine the fields of art, craft and design. These theories, merged with contemporary culture, makeup Abloh’s inter-disciplinary practice today.
In 2009, Abloh and West became interns at Fendi in Rome. This began their collaborative relationship, with West appointing Abloh the creative director of his creative agency, Donda, as well as the artistic director for the 2011 Jay-Z/West album, Watch the Throne.
Off-White, Abloh’s first fashion house, was formed in 2013. Based in Milan, Italy, the company was described by Abloh as "the grey area between black and white as the colour off-white" to investors and fashion critics. The brand lead generated widespread attention for his apparel beginning in Paris, then expanding to China, Japan, and the United States. The clothing line can be identified through its use of quotation marks, zip-ties, capital letters, and barricade tape. By the end of 2018, an index of sales and consumer sentiment ranked Off-White as the hottest label globally, surpassing Gucci.
On March 25, 2018, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear ready wear line, making him the first person of African descent to lead the brand's menswear line, as well as one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French fashion house.
Abloh’s scope was widespread. He frequently collaborated with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and has exhibited internationally, including Murakami's Kaikai Kiki art gallery in Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Gagosian Gallery's outposts in London, Paris, and Beverly Hills. He has been DJing since his teens and has held many residencies worldwide. In 2021, he launched a new monthly two-hour internet radio show on Worldwide FM, "Imaginary Radio" c/o Virgil Abloh. The show featured DJ sets and interviews with musicians and other creatives; early guests included artists like electronic artist Omar-S and Alex Sowinski ofBadBadNotGood.
Abloh was a prolific philanthropist, establishing the Virgil Abloh "Post-Modern" Scholarship Fund. Abloh raised $1 million for the scholarships, which the Fashion Scholarship Fund will manage to assist Black students. On top of fundraising initiatives with Off-White and Nike, Abloh spent a significant amount of time mentoring young designers.
He has won countless awards and prizes, including the LVMH prize, the Urban Luxe award at the British Fashion Awards, and the International designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the year awards. Abloh was listed as one of Timemagazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, one of two designers named that year.
In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a type of cancer, though he kept the diagnosis private. He died on November 28, 2021, in Chicago at age 41.