Mathilde Philipponnat

Department: Man and Activity

Still Life Stories

What: Three kitchenware collections based on three still lifes.

Why: What makes a collection? Mathilde Philipponat believes that the objects in a collection interact like characters in a story. Her three collections were inspired by still lifes by Jean Siméon Chardin, Jan Groover and Maurice de Vlaminck.

How: Taking the narrative outline used to construct stories, with a starting point, a disruption and a resolution, Mathilde remodelled each still life in Rhino to create shapes that she then translated into materials to reflect the essence of the original image. Glass, ceramic and metal convey the light reflections in Chardin, colourless wood and metal capture the mystery in Groover, and ceramics express the fragile state in De Vlaminck.

“I believe objects are alive: they have their own way of telling their story”

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Photographs: Femke Rijerman