A Paris studio formed by an artist and an architect, Bardula’s pieces serve as reinterpretations of the elements fire, air, water, and earth, along with a fifth to link them: what Aristotle called the quintessence or force of life.
"The viewer is drawn into a geometric and spiritual dialogue with the crystal of the Harcourt glass, resulting in a heightened state of awareness and a metaphysical perspective."
The studio BARDULA completed its first collaborative installation in 2012. A visual artist-silversmith and an architect-set designer, both prefer to remain anonymous. Their work reflects the artist’s passion for geometric abstraction, weightlessness, and transparency with the architect’s interest in new technologies, particularly those involving 3D technology and light.
The artist began her career at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, and then spent 10 years in New York creating silver commissions for collectors and jewelry for the Museum of Modern Art’s Design Shop. Following her move to Paris, her metalwork became increasingly abstract and mainly consisted of installations for private collections, including one in a Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré building decorated by Christian Liaigre.
The architect graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and then worked for French industrial designer Ora Ito, whose studio has created products for Christofle, Citroën, Guerlain and Roche Bobois.
Working together, BARDULA today uses state-of-the-art digital modeling to design increasingly complex installations whose abstract geometries take metal as their primary medium. Over the course of their collaboration, the duo’s work has come to be defined by a creative use of light in each project.