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  • Catalogue Essay

    Oscar Diaz studied Fine Art in Spain, received a degree in Industrial Design from the École des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, and an ma in Product Design from the Royal College of Art.

    Much of Diaz’s work is concerned with tweaking everyday objects or situa-tions. Mixing influences from craft and technology, his approach is often multifac-eted, investigative and playful, transforming the ordinary by challenging convention.

    His clients include Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ica) , Domestic, Worldwide Co, Terra Plana, and the Gandy Gallery. Diaz’s work is part of the permanent collection of Mudac (Musée de Design et d’Arts Appli-qués Contemporains) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has been widely exhibited throughout Europe.

    The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ica) and Veuve Clicquot partnered on the design project, One Object. One Lifetime. with the aim of auctioning the resulting works for the benefit of Britain’s oldest non-profit arts center. Six designers were invited to create a unique piece inspired by the auction’s theme: treasured possessions, and the distinctive bright yellow of Veuve Clicquot’s signature label. A com-petition was then held to find a seventh designer for the project and Oscar Diaz’s rgb Vase was selected as the winner.
    ‘Veuve Clicquot’s identity colour is translated and decomposed into the red, green, and blue colour values which form the additive rgb colour model. With those values, three different hand-blown vases are made in coloured glass.

    When the vases are nested the colours mix and as light passes through the Veuve Clicquot yellow-orange colour reappears. The colours mix visually but not physically, creating a very subtle but vibrant perception of it.

    Mixing the additive colour model usually found in monitors and screens with a two thousand year-old craft technique provided a unique object combining tradition and modernity.’


RGB Vase

Mouth blown glass
Diameter 33cm × 53cm (nested)
Edition of 10

Park Ave Shop

7 March
New York