ENDE is a design studio founded by Natalia Gruszecka and Jakub Kwarciński. Their products are both functional and sophisticated in form. Ende is a newcomer in the field of Polish pottery, and their designs range from the delicate to the humorous.
Design studio founded by Natalia Gruszecka and Jakub Kwarciński.
Gruszecka and Kwarciński both graduated from the Department of Ceramics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Ende Studio was established in 2011. Gruszecka was working in the famous porcelain factory in Ćmielów when she came up with the idea for cups in the shape of doll heads. Inspired by old castings found in the factory, she gave them a new function by turning the heads into vessels. Playing with colours and materials, Ende has developed different variants of the design: with handles coated in gold or silver, or completely monochromatic large and small versions in black and white.
Ende likes playing with handles. The designers invent original shapes, as in the case of the cup with a delicate handle curved like a Mobius strip. The contrast between the handle and the rest of the cup is at the heart of the design. This may be a contrast between simplicity and complexity, like in the Mobius cups, between materials, as in the cups standing on three feet, or between tradition and surprise, where a very classic handle is added to a doll’s face.
Ende also to experiment with the overall shape of vessels, avoiding banality. Their cups have irregular, somewhat bent shapes where geometry becomes an organic form, as in the case of the slender TRIDENT cups. In a similar way, the series of vases created as Gruszecka’s graduation project are folded like origami paper.
The products designed by Ende often have unique features. Gruszecka explains:
I like it when a raw, mechanically-made piece of crockery is somehow marked by the hand of an artist – damaged, flattened, curved. Then it becomes one-of-a-kind, which I consider very valuable at a time when we are flooded with mass-produced identical items. [https://popup203.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/natalia-gruszecka/].
Ende also reinvents the traditional bottoms of cups, breaking them, for example, into three feet connected through neat arcs, as in TRIPLE cup.
In addition to the typically utilitarian porcelain designs, Ende creates decorative figurinеs echoing the Ćmielów tradition. The porcelain figure of a swimmer is formed by thin lines, and the material adds to its delicacy. Its white body is juxtaposed with the golden swimming suit, cap and goggles, creating an extremely fragile whole. The rabbit and guinea pig are also based on the contrast of white and gold, which highlights the most characteristic, or the most surprising elements of their silhouettes. The rabbit was given a golden eye and the guinea pig boasts surreal golden wings.
Gruszecka highlights the most important aspects of her work:
I design everyday objects, trying to combine functionality with an aesthetic, original form. At the same time, I make sure my work is not devoid of a certain amount of humour. [http://www.pakamera.pl/ende-ceramics-0_s12073779.htm]
Author: Agata Morka, transl. Bozhana Nikolova, April 2015
- 2015 - Polish Design in the Middle, Dutch Design Week and Concordia, Poznań
- 2014 - "Nasza Polska – The Open Form of Contemporary Polish Design", Paris Design Week i Brussels Design September
- "The Forests and Meadows of Polish Design", Sztokholm
- "Polish Design in the Middle of", Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
- 2013 - Forest and Meadow – Polish Design – Design Trade, Bella Center, Copenhagen
- 2012 - Alchemia naczynia (Dish Alchemy) – Agora Centre of Culture, Wrocław
- The Future Is Stupid – Łódź Design Festival, Łódź