Faceted Skull Silver Large
Design by Ali Bakova
Memento Mori, from the Latin ‘Remember you will die’, is less a doom-laden prophecy, but instead an inducement to live every day to the full, as if it might be your last.
The NUDE Memento Mori series by the Istanbul-based designer, Ali Bakova, depicts the timeless mantra — an artistic and symbolic reminder of mortality. Each of the solid crystalline glass pieces is shaped like a human skull, with the faceted finish reflecting the light in a prismatic fashion. Rendered in a metallic silver hue, this large version is both majestic and fragile — perfectly in line with the theme.
- Lead-free crystal
- Iconic object
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The mastery and craftsmanship of handmade glass is a signature of NUDE. NUDE prides itself in its artisanal approach to glassware, specialising in handmade, pure crystalline glass, be the pieces blown, pressed, or press-blown. With 350 Master blowers, NUDE continues to handmake much of the world’s most acclaimed glassware.
Turkish industrial designer Ali Bakova works from a studio in the large industrial zone of Istanbul’s business district, Maslak, where creative offices and auto repair shops – designers and industry – live side-byside. In 2015, Bakova, who is also one of the city’s most respected design educators, co-curated an exhibition entitled Atölye Maslak Maker Culture during which the small-scale production of artistic and artisanal objects was conducted on-site, using 3D printers. Bakova’s work can be playful – he may fashion a cat from Iznik tiles or a wooden chair taking its cues from the iconic Galata Bridge – but it also focuses on purity, what is essential and smart functionality.