Initially designed in 1991 by Rob Eckhardt, a Dutch architect and furniture designer, the “Hommage de Magritte” candle holder is being re-released. Twenty-seven years later, Cas Eckhardt, the designer’s son, revisits the design under the name HOMMAGE.
“It’s time to give new life to this artistic design,” he said. A tribute to the artist Magritte and to his father.
Rob Eckhardt calls it his simplest design ever. All he needed to do was to go to an Amsterdam tobacconist, find the largest smoking pipe and make a mold at a foundry. The idea originated from the painting “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe) by surrealist painter René Magritte. Similarly to the artwork, the candle holder twists reality with its shape and appearance.
Cas Eckhardt’s concept stemmed from the idea that we should not forget our classics. “I grew up among my father’s furniture, which made these special objects very mundane in our home,” Cas Eckhardt explains. “Over time, I became more interested in the stories behind my father’s pieces.
As far as I am concerned, the pipe is one of his finest designs. So naturally, it is a thrill to see it again in contemporary interiors, where new stories can form around the candle holder.”
Rob Eckhardt plays an advisory role in this project, particularly around production. In addition, Cas Eckhardt collaborates with young talent, such as Anna de Vogel (photography), Tata Osvaldo Genco (photography), Nina Quax (design), and Freek Jautze (social).
HOMMAGE is hand-made in the Netherlands in collaboration with a foundry specializing in sand-casting. The finishing, blasting, and polishing, are done by hand, making each product unique. Moreover, each candlestick is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The famous pipe is now available in brass and bronze.
|Dimensions:||18.5 x ø14 cm (incl. round base)|
|Material:||Available in Bronze or Brass, polished or unpolshed versions.|
Casalto was created in 2017 in Brussels by architect Eric Willemart. The project was born from a childhood dream and combining by the love of beautiful materials with stacking games.
Distributed across into five collections, Casalto offers exclusive tables, lighting and accessories in earthenware, hand-blown glass, marble and precious metal.
Each collection will transport you into a world where imagination meets travel. Casalto will take you to Vienna, Havana, Saint-Malo, Paris or Soho. Our collections have been inspired by the atmospheres and spirit of these cities.
5 collections for resolutely different atmospheres. Welcome to the world of Casalto.
Although born and trained in Madrid, he was forged as a designer with Fabrica, the breeding ground of creativity run by Benetton near the Italian city of Treviso, where he arrived in 1997, when he had barely turned 24, to work under Oliviero Toscani, who would soon put him in charge of the design department. It was at Fabrica that he first worked with BD on the Mail Me project.
A company that has always attributed such great importance to the author of the designs could never forget the great figures in history. That is why the BD catalogue of contemporary creations has always included those by admired classical masters.
A sheep with a drawer in its stomach, a chair that wears heels, these truly surreal works of art could only come from the mind of Salvador Dalí. Pioneering, avant-garde provocateur, Surrealist, as famous for his personality as his work, a true icon, his legacy remains unrivalled in the current century.
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