These ceramic vases from Mexican studio Esrawe are shaped to show the gradual stages of turning a cylindrical shape upside down.


The 19 items in the Fold homeware range form a set of vases, bowls and plates staggered in height and width – each slightly manipulated from the previous.

“Fold is a conceptual exercise that seeks to give elastic expression to ceramics,” said the studiofounded by designer Hector Esrawe.

“The piece becomes the physical representation of a sequence of actions; the object transforms both aesthetically and functionally.”

Fold homeware range by Esrawe Studio

The series begins with a simple, almost cylindrical white container, with a golden coating inside.

When viewed in order, the following vases are shaped so that their rims appear to gradually peel away and reveal the metallic interiors.

Fold homeware range by Esrawe Studio

The vessels get shorter and the edges widen until only a golden dish remains.

“The development starts with the basic shape of a cylinder to which we attach a function, for example a vase, until it metamorphoses into another object which takes on the function of a plate,” said the studio.

Fold homeware range by Esrawe Studio

From this central element, an inverse process is applied to restore the ceramic to a vertical shape.

With the metallic cladding now on the outside, the shapes are pulled from their centers to create pockets of space before finally returning to a near-perfect cylinder.

Fold homeware range by Esrawe Studio

To demonstrate their incremental differences, the pieces were displayed online on a long, thin table at Mexico City’s national art museum (MUNAL).

The exhibition took place during the Abierto Mexicano de Disenofrom October 19 to 23, 2016.

Fold homeware range by Esrawe Studio

Esrawe Studio was one of five Mexican Dezeen designers and studios to watch after this year’s competition Design week in Mexico – also in October.

Its other products range from perfume bottles created using stacked hemispheres to a collection of brass and wood fixtures controlled by sliding or rotating elements.

The photograph is from Pablo Da Ronco.