House Tipster host and Arch-Interiors designer Christopher Grubb was introduced to Claudia Issa from Konsepta during her first presentation at this season’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The artist shared her personal story – and how she started making these eye-catching home accessories.
Issa comes from a richly artistic background, having honed her array of conceptual art talents across disciplines, but she is relatively new to creating ceramic pieces – or any other tangible products.
“I used to work in art direction, and [I used to be a] graphic designer a long, long time ago for many years,” Issa shared. “I [also] used to design fashion.”
Then, a friend suggested she channel her creativity into ceramics – an art form she had never tried. Unexpectedly, she found that she absolutely loved it!
“It was like, woah, it was a surprise I could do this with my own hands,” she said. “For me, it’s a pleasure. My work is aligned to this, I love to show everybody this.”
Konsepta uses materials like tobacco clay, porcelain, carbon-like hand-blown black glass, and more in her nature-inspired designs.
“The idea is to use nature form in the house,” Issa explained. “Stone is very heavy to put in your house, [but] everybody loves stone. It’s beautiful in the garden. The idea it to move from the house [and you can play] with these pieces.”
One of Konsepta’s main goals is to keep the focus on artisans and celebrate the uniqueness of pieces – no two of the brand’s products are exactly alike, and “imperfections” are what make the items extra interesting.
To see a closer look at the products from Konsepta’s ICFF booth, be sure to watch a recap of our Facebook live video with Christopher Grubb and Claudia Issa in the player below.
Stay tuned for more exclusive brand coverage and expert interviews straight from ICFF 2019, coming soon to House Tipster Industry.