Bold New Ceramics from Max ID NY

Max ID NY, founded by entrepreneur and designer Maximilian Eicke, specializes in furniture design with the goal of creating collections that bring a fresh, comfortable aesthetic to the design world. A new collection is launched every summer at their flagship location in the Hamptons, New York, with this year seeing them branch out into smaller, more accessible goods.

Maximilian, who is currently embarking on a development project in Bali, had the urge to take on the objective of designing every object inside the compound – including the buildings themselves – in a very Frank Lloyd Wright-like manner.

The Yahochu (meaning “I want” in Russian slang) ceramics collection was in development for three years before the perfect manufacturer was found in Bali, who could bring the 28 designs to life with the materials, style, and quality that Maximilian required. High-end manufacturer Gaya Ceramics creates the line of handmade porcelain and stoneware home goods, that ranges from dinnerware and flatware to decorative items, for Max ID NY.

Each of the pieces is hand thrown on a wheel before any additional stages, such as trimming, cutting, or filing, to get the desired geometrical effect out of the perfectly round shapes. The dinnerware and serveware use the same porcelain body that through either reduction firing or oxidation firing gives the piece two tones of greys, which are then accented with a clear glaze and copper lustre to set off the details. The decorative vases and candleholders are created using stoneware that matches the same textures and aesthetic of the dinnerware and share the copper lustre as a cohesive detail.

Max ID NY filmed the entire ceramic-making process from raw material to the unboxing of finished product, and it’s mesmerizing to see the care and detailed work that goes into each and every piece that’s made – watch it all below.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.