Need More - Think Twice Creatures
The savings boxes are all unique. They are hand-pinched and decorated with underglaze and with hand-drawn and hand-cut ceramic transfers. With these savings boxes MeyerLavigne want to design a creature to look after adults’ money. The product is intended as a comment on ” product bulimia that afflicts most of us these days, where we overstuff ourselves, and where we want to stop buying new stuff but don’t know how.” The savings box is intended to encourage us to save up and only buy what we really want. The savings box only has one opening, for inserting money, so the owner will have to break it to go shopping. In their current forms, the boxes are prototypes.
Meyer-Lavigne. Est. 2007
Kristine Meyer b. 1970, designer and Sabine Lavigne b. 1974, designer.
Kristine Meyer and Sabine Lavigne met at the art folk high school Kunsthøjskolen i Holbæk in 1998, where they were preparing to apply to get into the Danish Design School. They both graduated from The Danish Design School, the Line of Ceramics and Glass in 2005 with a joint project in cooperation with Royal Copenhagen.
Since 2007, they have run the firm of Meyer-Lavigne where they design products for the home. In addition to their own porcelain production they carry out design assignments for other design firms and styling assignments for design and interior magazines. Meyer-Lavigne exhibited their savings boxes Need more – Think twice at Galeries Lafayette during the Paris Design Week in 2011 and took part in the London Design Festival in 2011. In 2009 they were awarded grants from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation and from Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, and in 2002 Sabine Lavigne won an RSA Student Design Award in London. Meyer-Lavigne also participated in previous Danish Crafts collections CC14 and CC15.
Although the two designers studied at the Line of Ceramics and Glass, they also like to design products in other materials, including knitting and weaving. A common characteristic of Meyer-Lavigne’s products is a decorative, unique and personal expression. “In an affluent consumer society as ours, we believe that one needs to surround oneself with things that have been infused with time, craftsmanship and spirit,” they explain. They find inspiration through the quirky or off-beat, the unpredictable, in the world of graphics and in personal stories and interactions.