Bowl No. 1 is Swiss design duo PlueerSmitt’s characteristically wondrous take on the classic lidded trinket box. On top, a ceramic dome with an added rectangular shape hinting at its actual function as a lid, a deliberate asymmetry adding intrigue to the piece. Underneath the lid a small bowl that serves as storage for treasures.
Based in Basel, Swiss designers Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt work to challenge our assumption and perception of daily life’s most basic products. Through emboldening a product’s material presence and not demoting unfamiliar forms to typical primary functions, PlueerSmitt’s small-scale furniture and objects confirm that life’s basic products can realize new life as autonomous objects.