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Uncommon Matters S/S 09

"Handle with Care" as this new partnership seeks to play with porcelain in a way that has not been done before.

TextSusie LauPhotographySusie Lau
Amelie Riech and Jana Patz from Berlin set out to create Uncommon Matters which made its debut this season with a collection that is defintiely fragile on purpose. The famous Porcelain Street in Thuringla, Germany provided them the means to realise their aim of considering traditional values, crafts and materials and then to try and place them in a whole new context. So in their first season, white porcelain gets transformed into beautifully moulded neck collars and delicate chains. "The factories we spoke to were thinking we were crazy for wanting to do this and it was the first time they had ever done something like this but I think afterwards when the pieces were made, they were very proud," explains Riech who is also a stylist based in Paris whilst Patz is in Berlin. No Wedgewood floral patterns here, as the simplicity of the white, in glazed and biscuit (matt and unglazed for those that don't watch Antiques Roadshow) form and with the addition of platinisation enhances the shapes which took months of development for Riech and Patz. A clever play on a man's stiff and starched shirt collar, curved neck cuffs and a striking chain that makes the most delicate tinkling noise. Riech and Patz, whilst they have added a new functionality to porcelain, they also love the audio aspect of the material so accompanying the showroom installation was a soundtrack of procelain in motion, breaking and clattering. They also don't mind people going at the piece with a feather duster though if ornament glass cabinet are involved: "It's something you can take care of and put somewhere in the house to admire."