Austrian studio zerunianandweisz explores the roles of traditionally handmade objects within the contemporary design world. Collaborating with traditional craftsmen, they aim to revive handicraft culture at the same time that they create objects with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic—often equal parts elegant and humorous. As they describe it: “Our challenge is to remove sentimentality and melancholy from handicraft. We revive an ancient craft, contextualize handmade products and vintage design icons to build a connection to the contemporary world.”
Their first limited edition collection, 7,000 Blows, is a handmade series of copper, silver, and brass objects, complemented by found treasures. Together, the designers tells us, the new and found pieces “create small, sensual landscapes." To produce the collection, zerunianandweisz collaborated with Caldarari craftsmen, a Roma community in Transylvania who has worked for centuries in metal crafts. According to the designers, "It takes 7,ooo rhythmic blows and 70 times in the fire until the final shape evolves. The result: a collection of product-landscapes that examine material, an ancient craft, and a new cultural reference.”
This Tête-à-Tête composition, part of 7,000 Blows, curates synergy with a constrained intricacy. It was handmade by a master craftsman of the Caldarai and polished by a Viennese artisan. It is made from silver (925) with brushed copper and black patina.