The collections represented by ensomono are characterized by their pure forms, exquisite materials, refined design and outstanding craftsmanship.
Contemporary, yet timeless, the objects invite one to explore through their often modular and variable nature and playful appearance.
With each piece, the natural beauty of the selected materials and contrasting textures is brought to life in the hands of skilled craftsmen.
The result is a coherent ensemble of objects and products that blends traditional values and new insights together in various interesting ways.
True craftsmanship is as much about the past as it is about the present and the future. While its origins go back to when man first started to shape the world, it has continually been evolving ever since.
Contemporary craftsmanship takes this notion further by bringing the valuable skills and knowledge of the past into the light of today's insights and possibilities.
Ensomono builds upon the joint efforts of artisans from around Europe who employ their craft through traditional as well as contemporary means.
ensomono going full circle
Ensomono recognizes that everything is connected in one way or another. This is what the recurring circle of ensomono represents: going full circle in terms of linking the past and the present, materials and techniques, designers and makers, to finally connect people of different backgrounds and places through contemporary craftsmanship.
This sense of unity is also maintained on a different level: within ensomono each individual is equally important, and even though most artisans are used to working silently in the background, they are now given a more appropriate place as part of the process.
Enso, the circle, symbolizes unity, enlightenment, strength and elegance in all it's purity and simplicity. It reflects the Japanese aesthetic and Zen-philosophy, usually represented by a calligraphic expression of the moment when the spirit and body is set free to create.
This captured image of modest balance and perfection still leaves apt room for imperfection, spontaneity and a natural course, however. As it reminds us of our fascination for the elusive, but at the same time our longing for the essence in life.
The term mono, also found in the Japanese language, could simply be translated as „thing, object”. However, it not merely encompasses what we can physically touch, but covers everything that we can grasp with our senses and our mind - the domain of both designer and maker.
The fact that mono is associated with „single”, „one” or „individual” in most Western languages underlines that ensomono mainly represents more unique pieces and limited editions that are made-to-measure or customizable in nature.
designed by atelier fabien
Ensomono was started in late 2012 by designer Fabien Franzen (’79).
Trained as a jewelry and product designer, but active in the fields of graphic design and software development for more than 10 years, he decided to dedicate himself to more tangible work as a designer and aspiring all-round artisan by setting up his workshop in 2008.
Since then he has continued to gain as much knowledge and working experience with all kinds of materials, techniques and tools as possible.
While his initial Archetypes collection gained quite some attention, it took many iterations and several years to complete the range of designs that were presented in 2011.
When eventually the right craftsmen were found, the original ideas behind the Archetypes collection expanded into a more elaborate concept of working on future projects together: ensomono.
Finally, Meesterlijk 2013 was chosen to reveal the new works.
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