Burning For

Traditional ceramic made in Bohemia with French design

The project

Traditional ceramic made in Bohemia with French design.

THE CHALLENGE
To mix tradition and modernity by connecting young French designers with local handcraft production.

THE SOLUTION
“Burning For” is a project creating new contemporary products for a traditional market that is more used to conservative designs. The products are handmade stoneware crockery. The team strives to achieve new design proposals and patterns to create new shapes.

Hrdějovická KERAMIKA (Czech Republic)

They have a range of expertise in the production of south bohemian blue white flower decorated stoneware pottery.

Project website: burningfor.com

BAPTISTE VANDAELE (France)

An independent graphic designer focused on illustration and pattern design, whose work can be seen at the Mama Shelter Hotels, designing site-specific decorations such as wallpaper, rugs, tiles, and fabrics..

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

We are Tomáš, Pavel, Hana and Baptiste, we are the founders of Burning for. We have a passion for art, craft and design, we are fascinated by nature. Burning for can be considered as the result of our European cultural and artistic blend. We wish to offer beautiful and sustainable tableware, conscientiously designed with heart, and carefully made by hand, to please your eyes. As food lovers and amateur cooks, we are also thrilled to prepare, serve and eat beautiful meals in delicious plates! We believe it is important today to slow down the urban consumerist lifestyle and to reconnect to nature. We think it is crucial to consume differently: less, better, local, durable. And of course, beautiful. We believe that well-thought, well-designed, well-made objects cultivate a strong symbolic and affective relation with their owners and bring them a warm and valuable comfort in their everyday use. As it has become a common banality today to buy mass-produced objects at the other end of the world and have them drone-delivered within 24h, we want to meke delightful items meant to last the whole life and be bequeathed to next generation. One masterpiece rather than ten cheap somethings.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

Pavel knew the Hrdějovice stoneware factory for long, as his grandma had some of their products home. What fascinated him on the factory was, that they had all the milling machines for rough mass, working with local stone, clay and caolin. His girlfriend Hana liked the idea of local products, but disliked the conservative design of blue – white flowery pattern of the tableware. Pavel got to know, that Baptiste as graphic designer loved patterns. 

However, with recent political and economic changes, the factory was forced to close. But in 2016, teh factory was rented to a local man, he hired four employees, and the famous factory could experience a new beginning. Pavel presented Zdenek Malena the idea of transforming the traditional blue and white floral pattern, that he knew from his childhood, into a modern design, which was innovated by Baptiste. By retaining the traditional blue and white colour, and creating new forms and patterns, it became evident, that a great tradition could be transformed into a contemporary design for those who value sustainability, craftmanship and the modern patterns that have inspired by nature.

 

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

Our creative process lies in between the rich heritage of the factory and contemporary creation. We value the slow and skilled handwork of stoneware. We kept the traditional cobalt blue paint and the warm natural color of the clay to which we brought completely new shapes and patterns. Tomas has designed elegant and softly curved plates, bowls and cups, as Baptiste worked on unique, various, and intricate patterns. Based on his strong background in pattern graphic design, Baptiste tend to build a substantial iconography exploring geometric and organic shapes of shells, crystals, corals, leaves, water, etc. The first collection is a mix of abstract and figurative, minimal and complex… As they are fully hand painted, drawings may vary from one item to another. Variations and imperfections are encouraged as part of the design process; they make each item precious and unique. Our aim is to achieve a timeless design by developing a universal visual language connected to nature.

THE COLLABORATION:

With the help of Worth and our partner Hrdějovice factory we were able to produce our tableware without investing a lot of money in buying all the necessary machines and equipment. We can rely on very well skilled workers and their know how. We can offer them work and we also emloyed new skilled painters in the region of the factory and we also make a good advertisment for the factory.

THE FUTURE:

Our production process aims to have the smallest environmental footprint: 99% of our supply chain is local, our energy is renewable, clay is a natural and durable material, our packaging are made out of recycled materials and we do not use any plastic. We are selling are products in whole Europe.

THE MESSAGE:

Burning for is based on friendship, on the preservation of local heritage, on the appreciation of high quality, handcraft and on the deep wish to offer beautiful, durable and timeless pieces of ceramics.

 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Tagenea

Tagenea

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Beaggie – Hope Blooms

Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is Bliss

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair