Cantel for Imperfect Design
The label Imperfect Design connects Dutch designers to craftspeople in developing countries like Guatemala, Viet Nam and India. Together they develop handmade lifestyle products focused on a Western audience.
Cantel by Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe
During the very first project of Imperfect Design in 2011, Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe worked together with glass blowers from Guatemala. They chose to take local craft techniques and materials as a starting point for their designs.
This resulted in a series of hand-blown vases made from recycled glass named Cantel, which are now sold by reputable retailers and web shops in Europe and beyond. The success of this special collaboration led to the further development of the collection. The latest Cantel series consists of vases, carafes and glasses made of recycled glass by Guatemalan glass blowers. The vibrant colors are derived from the original tones of the used glass.
Meanwhile, Niels and Miriam also work together with craftsmen from Guatemala who specialize in ceramics and wool.
Video: Robert Andriessen, www.designguide.tv