"The vase with a play of shadows. Delicate, lively, decorative. Ideal with or without flowers. "Pollo"-the vase with a difference."
The story as I understand it:
On a sunny summer day in Helsinki, a designer and a management team are meeting in a ground floor conference room facing a busy street. It's glorious outside, and people-especially young women-are taking the opportunity to wear the slightest things possible. This proves very distracting to the designer whose attention is clearly fixed on the, um, attributes of the young ladies passing by. One of the management types attempts to drag the man's attention back into the room, saying, "give it up, you'll never capture that", or words to that effect. The designer in question gets back to the meeting, and all is well.
Some months later, the star designer presents a new line of elegant bud vases in several sizes. Management is pleased, and the product line is added to the catalog. It seems he took the manager's words as a challenge and gave capturing the sight a try-and the firm had shipped the product without realizing it.
None of this should really be a surprise. Almost every three-dimensional artist I've known has slipped something like this into their work at one time or another. I've seen jewelry by several different artist that subtly (or not so subtly) incorporate shapes or textures borrowed from, um, the naughty bits.
Pallo is Finnish for "globe". I wonder if that is a slang term?
Note; my source for this story was my father, his source was a management type from the company in question. Unverified and unverifiable, but an amusing idea.
Dale Austin 2006
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