Kintsugi-Inspired Tableware Fuses Broken Dishes With 24-Karat Gold “Glue”

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Have you ever accidentally broken your favorite mug or plate, and reluctantly thrown it in the trash? As an alternative to immediately discarding shattered tableware, Japanese artisans actually celebrate their broken pottery and give them new life using a centuries-old technique called Kintsugi. Translated to “golden joinery,” the process involves repairing shattered ceramics with a special gold lacquer that acts as an adhesive to glue the fragments back together. Inspired by this traditional craft, Italian designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba created his own contemporary Kintsugi collection for Italian homeware brand, Seletti.

Launched during this year’s Maison et Objet design fair in Paris, Marcantonio’s collection features porcelain plates, bowls, and mugs made of various pieces of vintage tableware, glued together with precious 24-karat gold. However, each piece isn’t always put together with its originals. Instead, Marcantonio sometimes creates hybrid pieces by merging parts of different plates together—with different patterns and shapes—like a makeshift jigsaw. The resulting pieces are completely unique, each with their own charming imperfections, highlighted in dazzling gold.

Find more of Marcantonio’s designs on his website, and take a peak behind the scenes on Instagram.

Inspired by Japan’s centuries-old repair technique, Kintsugi, Italian designer Marcantonio created a contemporary tableware collection made of broken pieces of porcelain.

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Marcantonio merged parts of different plates—with various patterns and shapes—held together with veins of 24-karat gold.

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Each piece’s charming imperfections are highlighted in dazzling gold, giving them a new lease of life.

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Kintsugi Tableware by Marcantonio

Marcantonio: Website | Facebook | Instagram
h/t: [designboom]

All images via Marcantonio.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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