focus on: Casted Vessels

co/rizom incubator is guiding amazing artisans, designers and business professionals in developing their collections for a global audience.

 focus on series will allow you to get to know better the people behind the PODs.

This edition is dedicated to Casted Vessels. A collection of aluminum casted vessels, that embrace the imperfections occurring during the process of metal casting. Instead of removing seams and flaws of the casted object, they will be highlighted and used as a focus point of the objects.
  Martin Petermann is a metal casting craftsman in Vienna. His workshop is located in the 16th district. He works with the sand casting and lost wax casting techniques and can already look back on over 30 years of professional experience. His specialization is in art casting, sign-making and the production of trophies.
  Anna Zimmerman is a designer working in the fields of object design, spatial design and concept development. Anna’s work is versatile, multidisciplinary, and inspired by everyday life and there is often a layer of social controversy beneath it. With a conceptual approach, her fascination for material, surfaces and contemporary aesthetics is key in her practice.
What attracts you to the material you chose for the process? 
The magical moment of pouring the melted, hot metal into a sand mould. How different the material looks depends on the finish (raw/polished). The possibility to always remelt metal and to be able to cast something completely different – the recyclability of it.

  What is the biggest challenge in the design process?
To make the vessels hollow. It’s not too easy to achieve that in sand-casting.

  Describe the co/rizom incubator in 3 words:
Exciting, connecting, enriching.
Rheija Hug studied business and marketing management. Working in a circular economy startup, she has experience in product development and product launch.
How did you start working as a business developer? 
I had my first experience as a business developer as part of a student project where we provided consulting services to an NGO in São Tomé and Príncipe (Africa). This experience enabled me to identify growth opportunities and create strategies for the organization to achieve sustainable financing.

What does the word ”craft” bring to mind?
To develop a project through cooperation, creativity, and expertise.