Riite glassware, designed by Helmi Remes
Balancing perfection with imperfection and beauty with uneven shapes, Finnish glass artist Helmi Remes has designed a new vase series made from transparent glass. A smooth, rounded body meets a rough-looking sleeve made from white murrine-style glass. Riite is inspired by the old Venetian method of glassmaking referred to as merletto, meaning 'lace', with a delicate structure that is reflected in the fine surface of the glass strips. The interplay of different lengths, rounded edges and tiny imperfections in the glass provides impressive evidence of the handcrafted artistry of the glass-blowing and skilfully draws the eye over the vibrant surface. The crystalline vases, each one unique, act as a powerful design statement on the perfection of the imperfect – one that is made wonderfully even without any flowers. Riite is limited to 49 pieces worldwide.
Helmi Remes (born 1983) has worked in Finland as a freelance glass artist since training as a glass-blower at Tavastia Vocational College, where she graduated in 2010. Her work has already been exhibited in Germany, Denmark and Finland and is characterised by the way in which it consistently addresses perfection and imperfection in terms of material, form and function.