Modern Faceted Vases Crafted by Hand-Built Machine

These extremely beautiful, trendy and modern vases look so perfectly crafted it doesn’t seem like they could be hand-made, but in fact, each is a unique creation made on a purpose-built machine. Faceted designs are hugely popular right now, and these designs bring the form into being in an elegant, colorful and current fashion worthy of complimenting any modern interior.

The series of vases, light-shades and side-tables was created by London based designer Phil Cuttance in an efficient and smart manner. His simple and purposeful machine screws together so that it will pack flat and ship easily. It features a mixing crank for the water-based resins he uses in each casting, shelves for storing the polypropylene sheet he cuts into triangularly faceted molds and a rear mounted “casting jig” for evenly applying the resin within the mold. The is the epitome of elegant design: it is a simple and efficient creation that shows careful thought in every detail of its construction.

The beautiful video below shows the full production process, demonstrating the simplicity of the process. For more on Cuttance’s work or to purchase his one-off hand-formed designs, head to

The FACETURE process

“First the mould of the object is hand-made by scoring and cutting a sheet of 0.5mm plastic sheet. This sheet is then folded, cut and taped into the overall shape of the product that is to be cast. The mould’s final shape, and strength, is dictated by which triangular facets I pop in and out. I do this each time I ready the mould for the next object, meaning that no two castings are the same. I then mix a water-based casting resin that is cast in the mould where it sets solid.”

“The resin is poured into the hollow mould and rolled around to coat and encase the sides, controlled by me on the casting jig on the machine. The material soon sets creating a hollow solid object. Then another, different coloured measure of resin is poured into the same mould, and swirled around inside, over the first. When it has set, the mould is removed to reveal the solid set cast piece. The casting appears with sharp accurate lines and a digital quality to its aesthetic, a visual ‘surprise’ considering the ‘lo-fi’, hand-made process from which it came. The mould is then cleaned and ready for re-use.”


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