2008, Demeyere will mark its 100th birthday with the launch of a new series,
designed by celebrated British architect John Pawson. The combination
of functional complexity and formal simplicity gives this series its unique
contemporary character and appeal.
"A museum director once said of my work, “Everything starts with the kitchen”. What he meant was that houses are the heart of the work and kitchens are the heart of the houses. My collaboration with Demeyere started with the idea of providing these most important of contemporary living spaces with a set of core equipment which would combine functional sophistication with the highest design values.
|A pan might seem like a very straightforward object to design, but the reality is that smallness of scale does not equate with lack of complexity. The union of form and function must be seamless. There would have been no point in identifying the perfect simple profile, for example, if the lip did not pour well. Visual comfort would likewise lose its value if the pan did not feel good in the hand. I knew I could leave the more specialised technical issues to the team at Demeyere. My efforts have focused on the shape of the body and on the detail and angle of the junction between body and handle. My goal has been something which looked different, but right, equally at home over a flame or on a table – modern but not modish and thus liable to lose its freshness quickly."|