Jessica Vedel, 2017
KYO was designed in 1962, by Snorre Læssøe Stephensen, one of the forefathers of the Danish ceramic tradition. The collection carries traces of both Scandinavia and Japan. Both functional and sculptural, the new collection from mazo is very Scandinavian and Japanese at the same time. The series consists of cups, pitchers, and vases made of porcelain and stoneware. Functionality and simplicity define these products - they are modest and have an almost stern expression, yet with a delicate touch.
Porcelain and clay has been Snorre Læssøe Stephensen’s passion for more than half a century, and his techniques and inspiration reach back thousands of years to the ancient Japanese ceramic tradition. Nevertheless, his design is categorically modern with a strong character, whilst remaining simple and delicate. In Snorre Læssøe Stephensen’s
design the paradox of porcelain is accentuated: both fragile and robust.