In a world that sometimes looks overly perfect due to filters and photoshop, it’s also important to show blemishes, lows and mistakes, however big or small. As we all know, you learn from your mistakes, but so can others. Here at MARE we call this carrying out a beta-mentality, which basically stands for learning through trial and error without judgment. We’ve found an example that shows the beauty of imperfections by making the wear and tear of the product a USP.
Inspired by the beauty of women, Viti Mittal designed Unglazed. It’s a set of handmade and unglazed pots that while change over time as you’re using them. They will show cracks and stains and might even break a little. After a little while the item will tell the story of where it’s been and what it’s been through, just like our faces do as we get older. By not knowing how the pot is going to turn out, there’s an emphasis on the romance of the unknown, or serendipity if you will.
The process of making the pots was a long one, as Viti worked with people who were traditionally trained and made the pots by hand entirely. She wanted to honor the traditional methods, so there was a lot of back and forth in order to get to the final product. The molds of the pots are hand carved and made from wood from the mango tree, while the pots themselves are made from liquid clay. The final step is to poor the clay over the molds and voilà, an unglazed pot is born.
The designer wanted to emphasize the beauty of imperfection, which is what the beta-mentality is all about. Sharing your mistakes, however bad they may be, is not something to be ashamed of and should even be applauded, because that way others won’t have to make the same missteps. For people who’ve been to Ambiente 2019 in Frankfurt, you might have seen Unglazed as Viti was part of the young talent exhibition. Check out her other works here.
Let’s all fail and grow together! See you next time, as our quest to serendipity continues.