Sculptural, unique, and functional: exactly what you can expect from Markian.
Reminiscent of Australian paperbark trees, Harry towers above the rest. Spindly and imperfect, these vases are perfectly accented when juxtaposed against the smooth edges of our furniture. Harry can hold tall flowers and greenery but makes just as much of a statement on its own.
Kim Aitken is an Australian ceramicist living and working in Brisbane.
"I am a ceramic artist, a maker of pots with a studio practice in the beautiful bay area of Brisbane. I have been working with clay for over 12 years and still find it a creative challenge that inspires me. Well executed work that maintains the hand of the maker is a fundamental aspect of my artistic process.
I work with Australian Midfire clay using slipcast and hand-building techniques. Each piece may be organic in shape but is made with functionality and strength in mind and has a tactile quality while still being useful.
It is my hope that each piece is a celebration of our wonderful Australian lifestyle and brings a considered aesthetic to the homes it may go to."
Australian Midfire clay is used in the Kim Aitken by Markian range.
All pieces are food & dishwasher safe; however, they are delicate, so please handle them with care. We recommend handwashing.
Kim Aitken's pieces are mainly handbuilt. Handbuilding, the earliest known method of creating ceramics, is a technique in which one forms clay with hands and simple tools. This technique ensures each piece that Kim creates is unique and maintains an organic and tactile quality. Once the design and creation are finalised, the pieces are glazed and fired at 1240 degrees and are fully functional.
330mm (L) x 220mm (W) x 70mm (H)
Good design doesn't date.
- Harry Seidler
Harry Seidler, AC OBE (25 June 1923 – 9 March 2006) was an Austrian-born Australian architect who is considered to be one of the leading exponents of Modernism's methodology in Australia and the first architect to fully express the principles of the Bauhaus in Australia.
Born in Vienna on June 25th, 1923, Harry Seidler was the son of a Jewish clothing manufacturer. Fleeing Austria after the Nazi invasion in 1938, he moved to England as a teenager. Later he moved to Canada where he studied architecture and then, in 1946, he migrated with his parents to Australia.
In 1948, he designed a house for his mother Rose. His first work in Australia, that house (Rose Seidler House) won the Sulman Award of 1951 and is now a treasured part of Australian architectural history (and a museum, which many members of the public visit).
From that time, Seidler’s career never looked back. Through the 1950s many Harry Seidler houses (such as Berman House) featured timber; then through the 1960s and 70s he started to use a lot of reinforced concrete in his houses, structures and buildings (many of which, by this time, were high rise). Later still, in the 1990s, he took advantage of the developments in steel and used that material to great effect in his structures.
Never content with remaining static (in an artistic sense), Seidler also collaborated with several visual artists. The most notable of these was the German artist, Josef Albers. On top of this, he wrote a number of books, namely - Houses, Interior, Projects in 1954; Internment: The Diaries of Harry Seidler (1940); and 2004’s The Grand Tour, Travelling the World with an Architect's Eye.
Harry Seidler was married to Penelope Seidler from 1958 until his death in 2006. He had two children, Polly, and Timothy.