Collin Townsend Velkof’s Monoliitti.

Multidisciplinary artist and designer Collin Townsend Velkof has drawn inspiration from ancient monoliths, primitive cultures, and iconography for his latest collection, Monoliitti. The result is a unique range of vessels with spiritual undertones and an intriguing connection to religious aesthetics.

Based in Helsinki, where he is completing a Masters of Applied Arts and Furniture design, Townsend Velkof honed his skills at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and started out designing theatrical productions and sets on Broadway.

Monoliitti, the Finnish word for ‘monolith’, is a collection of blackened oak and hand-blown glass vessels that are unique in their form – they are also a long way from the bright lights of Broadway.

While the process is inspired by the iconography of multiple religious artefacts, there is a distinct absence of the rhetoric of any one religion. “These vessels convey spiritual undertones by exploring how aesthetics can influence perception,” explains Townsend Velkof.

Townsend Velkof says a crucial component of the design process is working with his hands and each piece in the Monoliitti collection is distinct from the other.

“The glass vessels are hand blown. They are coloured and textured with glass powder during the blowing process, providing an organic and subtle surface to each piece,” he explains.

The vessels are designed in a range of shapes and sizes, with the oak lids ranging from blocks of wood with carved holes, rounded crosses, and chalice-shaped semi-circles. The oak lids are also crafted to suit each individual vessel, so no two are the same.

This sense of uniqueness is a trademark of Townsend Velkof. It’s an impressive range that offers a one-of-a-kind picture of what’s to come from this talented artist.

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