I am a collaborator of the Museum Benaki since 2008, for the Museum I have designed some functional and decorative products. Some of this products were directly inspired by the Museum items on display as for instance decors from the Iznik ceramics or picture from ancient pottery. In 2012 with the opening of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika*1 Museum I was between the collaborators who were invited to make some proposals for the new shop, which is at the ground floor of the Museum. For them I designed a bookend named birds from the work titled “Large Landscape on Hydra” from this beautiful painting I am now again sorting a new proposal based on the prickly pear leaf which are depicted on the lower left side of the painting, probably the peaceful and bright atmosphere grabbed in this artwork have a particular attraction on me. As a proposal I designed “Leaf” a sand casted*2 aluminium tray proposed in two different design which could eventually be use togheter. I maintained the abstract look of the leaves as they were depicted by the painter, basically two irregular egg shaped flat surfaces which have an embossed grid pattern on top of them. I am also thinking to propose them in ceramic so to be able to have a variation of colors.
*1 Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas (Greek: Νίκος Χατζηκυριάκος–Γκίκας; February 26, 1906 – September 3, 1994) was a leading Greek painter, sculptor, engraver, writer and academic.He studied ancient and Byzantine art as well as folk art due to his adoration for the Greek landscape. During his youth he was exposed in Paris to the avant-garde European artistic trends and he gained recognition as the leading Greek cubist artist.
His aim was to focus on the harmony and purity of Greek art and to deconstruct the Greek landscape and intense natural light into simple geometric shapes and interlocking planes.
Today in Greece he is celebrated as one of the most important modern Greek painters. His house has been converted to a museum and is being run by the Benaki Museum. (text extracted from Wikipedia).
*2 Sand casting, also known as sand molded casting, is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mold material.Sand castings are produced in specialized factories called foundries.
Molds made of sand are relatively cheap, and sufficiently refractory even for steel foundry use. In addition to the sand, a suitable bonding agent (usually clay) is mixed or occurs with the sand. The mixture is moistened, typically with water, but sometimes with other substances, to develop the strength and plasticity of the clay and to make the aggregate suitable for molding. The sand is typically contained in a system of frames or mold boxes known as a flask. The mold cavities and gate system are created by compacting the sand around models, or patterns, or carved directly into the sand.