Challenge's project in focus: Sisters Madagascar
Project: Sisters Madagascar by Pepa Reverter Design for Bosa Trade Production
Sisters Madagascar is a collection of ceramic vases by Spanish designer Pepa Reverter, designed for Bosa Trade Production.
Reverter wants to live in a kinder, better world, so consciously creates work that inspire us to do so. This collection of colourful and dynamic female heads pays tribute to women from all cultures and all times. Each design is named after a key female influencer; Louise Bourgeois, Frida Khalo, Helen Frankenthaler and Clara Campoamor.
Driving change through creativity is central to this trend story for 2019/20 and is mirrored in Reverter’s design ethos, believing that stirring an emotional reaction is as important as creating functional products.
We asked Pepa to share her design thoughts with us:
1. How would you describe your design style?
The style is something that is built from oneself, I consider myself a pragmatic person of essentially Mediterranean culture, and who likes elegance and harmony in colours and shapes. I travel, I read and I follow the news in the world - I believe that everything influences us and I almost always have a foot in the past and a foot in the future. I like to remember those things from the past that were good and I think that to move forward we have to remember what we have been.
2. What inspired Sisters Madagascar?
Sisters Madagascar is a colourful and positive collection, if somewhere in the world there is richness of colour it is in the African continent, so the name is a tribute to these cultures. Madagascar is one of the countries in Africa and the world with the greatest biodiversity, which is why I chose it, it is symbolic, an example of natural and cultural preservation.
3. We have presented this project in our trend Challenge that invites us to question everything and redefine the common values. How do you see your work fitting into this trend?
I think the Sisters Madagascar collection of ceramics fits perfectly into your trend lines, I think we ask the same questions and look for the same answers. I totally identify with the introductory text "the dynamics of humans", humanistic apologia and call to be brave and to build a better world, take risks and also know how to have fun.
4. What is your reaction to the challenge of the trend?
I believe that the difficult balance between the bold and the brave with the earthly and logical is well planted. Rethinking the questions is always necessary and fundamental to grow in the difference and in the ambiguous.
5. What are you questioning in 2019?
The planet earth has many challenges for this year, and those of us who inhabit here have multiple responsibilities with him, our fellow human beings and ourselves, I hope we are able to overcome them.
In this line of thought, I question when we will be brave enough to break with repetitive cycles, where novelty or difference is non-existent. A great example of virtues I see in your Queen Elizabeth II, for the integrity, consistency, firmness and courage, traits that are appreciated when wearing bright colours, cheerful and unique.