Estelle Gassmann (*1981) studied Textile Design at the Art and Design School of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since 2006 she has been working as an independent textile and product designer in Zurich, as well as pursuing her own individual research as an artist.
Her objects and products are designed from disparate starting materials and developed by means of elaborate processes. Each object is orchestrated as an aesthetic counterpoint to its functional character, which is thus given a totally new and unusual dimension.
But what can be seen in these fragile narrative objects, created from such unexpected combinations of materials as ceramics, historic gum tragacanth and plastic? And in her everyday products such as bedlinen, crockery and glassware, which are always at the same time exhibition objects?
Here one can never be certain, because the designer and artist loads her objects with the visible, structural movement of their own creation, a movement much greater than a mere distracting moment.
The resulting products completely fulfil their function while nevertheless remaining far from it. With a surreal aspect and embedded in stories which always originate in the eye of the beholder. Apropos of nothing, they lead our memories of everyday objects to a poetic elsewhere, without us ever really knowing where it is that we’ve arrived.