The Style Court blog recently featured these blue and white Cola bottles by Chinese artist Taikkun Li, available via Pagoda Red. They are a rather wonderful hybrid of modern global branding and traditional Chinese ceramic design.
Their outline is vaguely reminiscent of a gourd-shaped vase, a traditional East Asian ceramic shape.
Courtney Barnes of Style Court also alerted me to a quote by Taikkun Li, who says on his own website:
The modern mind has lost all capacity to wonder. It has lost all capacity to look into the mysterious, into the miraculous – because of knowledge, because it thinks it knows.
I slightly disagree with him: I think his own work proves how we can recapture a sense of wonder, if we try hard enough.
Wouldn’t it be marvellous if we could insert some of Taikkun Li’s bottles among the ceramics on display at a historic house? They would look right at home, I think.
They would fit into a Baroque setting, as part of a massed display of blue and white. But they would also work in an Arts and Crafts interior, on an oak shelf against some Morris fabric or wallpaper. Perhaps an idea for the National Trust’s contemporary arts programme?