in our fast-paced and consumer-oriented culture, once things are broken we discard them and get new ones. contrary to this, and dating many centuries back, kintsugi — translated to golden joinery — is a traditional japanese art technique that uses lacquer mixed with gold powder to repair golden ceramics. why? to enable the beauty of imperfection while honoring the history of an object. with this in mind, italian designer marcantonio has launched at maison et objet his ‘kintsugi’ collection for seletti.

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the kintsugi collection by marcantonio for seletti was presented in paris at maison et objet

 

 

in kintsugi for seletti, marcantonio plays with the aggravation of repair, transforming it into an aesthetic charm. the broken pieces of porcelain are glued together with veins in precious brilliant 24-carat gold, resulting in new tableware pieces made from different colors and shapes with a particular uniqueness. the kintsugi collection is elegant and contemporary in a dandy way, reminiscent of classicism with its limits and style shattered, culminating in something new and disruptive, in typical seletti style.

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the tableware collection is comprised of plates, mugs, bowls, and trays


at maison et objet, the products were presented at the seletti stand
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close detail of the kintsugi collection in paris
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marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom
marcantonio used the traditional japanese kintsugi technique

marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom
with it, he takes 24-gold carat veins to join different pieces of porcelain

marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom
this technique enables the beauty of imperfection

marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom
and honors the history of an object

marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom
the new tableware pieces made from different colors and shapes resulting in a particular uniqueness marcantonio kintsugi seletti maison et objet 2018 designboom

the kintsugi collection is elegant and contemporary

 

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