We connect artisans with creatives and business professionals to develop collections for a global audience. We call these teams PODs. PODs follow the co/rizom roadmap to produce unique products. We present them to the world.
The Magic of Three
Series of bowls chased in copper & gold plated. Centered shapes, miraculously balanced. Victor Clopotar, Brateiu, Romania: metalsmith with Andrei Georgescu and Nadja Zerunian / launched at Design Miami Basel in 2022 , selected for the ‘Golden Age’, Podium exhibition. Available through Design Miami and the co/rizom sales network.
Honey, Dear !
A small edition of honey dippers, challenging the preconceived notion of what a specific tool should look like. Tested by honey addicts & produced by Angelică Papaleț a talented artisan from a community of Roma wood workers. The beginning of an ongoing collaboration with co/rizom to create steady incomes – one spoon at a time.
The magical transformation of table mats. Tápé was the centre of Hungarian cattail production. A group of women wants to keep this traditional craft alive. They see it as part of their identity, and one they never want to lose. Setting the foundations to not only keep a tradition alive but also build an income stream, Marta Giardini transformed generic merchandise (table mats and trivets) into a small collection of iconic lamps that are full of humor and wit.
Victor Clopotar’s initial collection is created to emphasise the distinct identity of a master of his craft. Challenging forms made from a single piece of silver – dozens of times in the fire and hammered several thousand times until the final shape arrives.
Recognizing the iconic strength of Transylvanian traditional folk chairs we re-edited a selection with Vasilica Isăcescu and paired them with patchwork pillows created by Wiener Times.
TALPE, Bihor, Romania: wood carving with Andrei Georgescu and Nadja Zerunian, textiles with Wiener Times / Presented at Romanian Design Week, The London Design Festival and Vienna Design Week in 2020.
Trying to understand the essence & processes of diverse crafts we collaborated with Nebije Qotai, the owner of a traditional kilim manufacture in Albania, Ana Florea and her team of embroiderers and weavers in Romania, to highlight elements of traditional patterns in strong colors. To reconnect to the rich heritage of Transylvania we re-edited five antiques folk chairs that we discovered in the regional museum with Vasilica Isăcescu, a local wood carver and followed a similar path with Zaza Gatenashvili focusing on boxes with archetypal patterns that have defined Georgian culture for centuries. By transferring these objects into a new context we aimed to reposition perception of traditional crafts & their makers.