S.M.S. is a soliflore vase designed by François Mangeol of ESE (ÉSÉ – Édition Sous Étiquette, St-Etienne, France). A vase for a single flower, which bears no resemblance to the traditional ones with bulbous bodies and long drawn out necks. The red color of glass is obtained simultaneously with its final appearance by the hand of the artisan and his torch. Due to the production process, all handmade vases have slight variations, which make them unique.
Its shape is open to interpretations. The striking red glass vase with a distinctive white cross reminds of Switzerland, while its geometry resembles an over scaled medicine capsule, or maybe a missile or a minaret as François Mangeol states. S.M.S. declares that the interpretation of things is never singular; each object, despite its assumed banality (a plain vase in this case), incorporates the potential of a multitude of interpretations, determined by a multitude of parameters, including among others, the sociopolitical context and the state of the observer. Interpretation is thus rendered ambiguous.
“S.M.S. for Short Message System.
Designed after a trip to Lausanne, S.M.S. is a in response design. I designed S.M.S. after all the events related to the referendum against minarets in Switzerland.
Its design has moved away from the missile or minaret archetypes to draw a medical bulb. Beyond its function there is talk about our contemporary world. S.M.S. is a vase raising questions.
S.M.S. is scored. Like any citizen act, potentially, the choice remains: to refrain, for, against …”