‘I only noticed that the two-litre bottle is an Austrian speciality which is full of feelings, memories and associations, even when empty, when it was sacrified to EU standards. This experience sharpened my eyes and inspired my love for that spirit in the bottle - not the alcoholic one, but the shape.
With my vase series I referenced bottle shapes which are a cross-section of special wine varieties, regions and cultures. Who doesn’t associate the classic bottle with German white wine, or a burgundy bottle with a French red wine? Similar to how DJs and the found footage genre reference experiences in music and film respectively, I combine references to shapes. These articulate the distinctions within wine culture as a series. These vases, which have been produced in a special glass house, are not only as irregular as their inspiration, they also display official designations on their bottom, just as real wine bottles do: regulatory markings of an official, state-sanctioned noise culture.
In this way the vases are Apollonian fragments of Dionysian delights. My work as a designer didn’t consist here of creating a new thing out of nothing, instead in showing a known shape in a different light through reappropriation, and attaching new meaning to it. With the vase series, I draw attention to the important aspects of everyday European culture for me. In the series, the individual shapes communicate with each other and open new contexts for each other.
I’m not designing a shape completely from scratch, but rather its perception and interpretation by the viewer through a small intervention.’Franz Maurer The dimensions of the vases shift between diameters of 7.5 to 13 cm and heights between 18 to 27 cm.