Bud­ding ge­nius

In­spired by ike­bana, Alessi De­sign Award win­ner Zachary Hanna’s novel vase de­sign con­ceives a more nat­u­ral way to dis­play a bloom.

Belle - - Who R I Ght Now -

CONG RATULATIONS TO ALESSI De­sign Award win­ner Zachary Hanna, whose ‘Plateau’ vase was judged best prod­uct in the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Belle. Zachary’s prize in­cludes flights to Mi­lan to meet the Alessi fam­ily and the chance to present his work to po­ten­tially go into pro­duc­tion for the iconic Ital­ian firm. WHAT WERE SOME E ARLY CREATIVE IN­FLU­ENCES? Stum­bling upon Zaha Ha­did’s work drew me into the world of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign, but my taste and style has since be­come more sub­dued. Creatively, see­ing my fa­ther build and fix things when I was young has helped me in my own work. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECTS AND CA­REER EX­PE­RI­ENCES? Win­ning the Cult De­sign Jour­ney in 2016 and be­ing able to bring my ta­ble lamp to life with their team; work­ing for Adam Goodrum while study­ing and trav­el­ling to Salone del Mo­bile and var­i­ous de­sign stu­dios such as Michael Young, Louis Poulsen and Hay. WHAT WAS THE IN­SPI­RA­TION AND CON­CEPT FOR THE ‘PLATEAU’? My vase was in­spired by ike­bana, the Ja­panese art of flower ar­range­ment. I was in­ter­ested in the way a sparser ar­range­ment bet­ter show­cases the flora, akin to how

“I was in­ter­ested in the way a sparser ar­range­ment bet­ter show­cases the flora ...”

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