RLAUTIER – Natural Stone Objects
Degrees of ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of a man’s independence, initiative and personal love for his work determines his talent as a worker and his worth…
There is no substitute for personal dignity.
Ayn Rand in “The Fountainhead”
For a long time the individual and vernacular object has been seen as an anachronism to our modern world. Only recently the appreciation of the crafts, its richness and beauty, has reentered the consciousness and longing of society.
RLAUTIER® is exemplary for this renaissance, merging a contemporary mind and vision with an old craft to induce a new spirit.
RLAUTIER® celebrates the skills of the craftsman through the freedom of the artist. Conscious of the past but without constrain, their objects appraise both the hardness and the fragility of the material and explore its manifestations.
RLAUTIER® promotes what is most natural but what is challenged every day and has become a luxury: the freedom and independence of the individual mind.
For the 2014 edition of the Malta Design Week, RLAUTIER®, content with its architectural roots, has taken Vitruvius’ firmitas, utilitas, venustas even closer to heart.
The new objects present an addition to the sculptural and self-contained objects which have been at the center of RLAUTIER’s® journey so far.
One direction taken is the interaction of the reassuring permanence which natural stone instills, with the constantly evolving realm of technology in an ever changing world.
The quality inherent in the material, enhanced by simplicity of form, attempts ambitiously to marry the eternal with the ephemeral.
On another route, the team of RLAUTIER® appreciates the preciousness of the materials it is dealing with in a new way. Thrift and luxury are no opponents but can go hand in hand, as do geometry and artistic freedom in order to create, even though laboriously, something new and precious from what otherwise has had to be wasted so far.
According to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, design is the expression of a defined position which others wish to share*.
That is what we aim to achieve in our work.
*See V. M. Lampugnani, Die Modernität des Dauerhaften, Wagenbach, Berlin 1995, p. 11