Anna Zimmermann

Anna Zimmermann

Anna Zimmermann is a Swiss designer based in Vienna. Straddling between art and object design, her practice explores the relationship between material culture, mass production and craftsmanship. She draws inspiration from everyday observations and translates them into socially relevant discourses. Her work crosses multiple media and often incorporates elements of disruption, absurdity and humor.

Anna studied at the University of Applied Art and graduated Cum Laude from the Design Academy of Eindhoven (NL). She is a recipient of various grants and residencies,  including the Ikea Foundation Scholarship, START Stipendium and Casa Calandra Artist Residency. Anna is currently doing a Master’s at the Royal College of Art in London (UK).

Vessels of imperfection

A collection of aluminum-casted vessels, that embrace the inherent imperfections stemming from the metal casting process. Instead of removing seams and flaws of the casted object, the design highlights these distinctive features, elevating them to become the central focal points of the pieces. The form language is inspired by simple, archaic, constructed forms playing with proportion.

The objects can be reproduced through the mould and yet each one is unique because the seam is different each time. It solves the need for uniqueness and the need to own something that no one else in the world owns.

The starting point of this endeavor lies in our utilization of the sand casting technique. This method  requires  both an upper and lower box, entirely filled with sand. To cast in a sand mould, a casting model is moulded in sand, then removed leaving a void that is casted with molten metal.

The interface between the two mold halves culminates in a distinctive seam, a consequence of the excess material that is typically sanded away. In my vision, however, these seams ascend to a position of prominence; they are the crux of the design’s focus, emphasized and celebrated.

Vessels of imperfection by Anna Zimmermann
Vessels of imperfection by Anna Zimmermann
Vessels of imperfection by Anna Zimmermann
Vessels of imperfection by Anna Zimmermann
Vessels of imperfection by Anna Zimmermann