“Cleanliness is next to godliness”
The ancient Egyptians regarded beauty as a sign of holiness, they were pioneers of embellishment. For both men and women, beauty and body care were an integral part of their everyday lives.
Fascinated by this idea that cosmetics are not only used for aesthetics but also have a magical and ritual purpose, I designed a collection of facial skin care tools inspired by ancient Egyptian beliefs and habits.
These objects combine excavated findings with artefacted materials to become new minerals and soft fossils. Haptic textures and morphing shapes form the tools to create mixtures and masks, to apply them on the face and to clean the skin.
Naturally patterned hard wood found in an Alpine river is combined with transparent bubbles of deep blue rubber to become cleansing tools. Alabaster stone is shaped into a delicate, translucent spoon to mix oils and powders. Lava stone seems to morph into a soft, sponge-like texture while highly polished brass receptacles form the core of the collection.
Trophies of imagination, Morphologies connects beauty and spirituality by bringing another
dimension into our everyday skin care rituals.
Photography by Matthijs Mentink
Models: Stella, Kim and Victor