Fascinated with regenerating the use of traditional materials and skills within a contemporary context, Bodo designed a range of pieces that express the rare and fine qualities of silver.
Despite the brand's prestige, until 2014 Tane had not exhibited in Europe in decades and needed an injection of modernity to bring it firmly into the 21st century. Bodo implemented a new creative direction, honouring the company’s history whilst strengthening their presence in the contemporary marketplace.
Whilst recognising the exceptional skill of the Tane silversmiths, who train for five years or more, Bodo designed objects that introduced new material combinations. The use of recinto stone and walnut hardwood contrasts the reflectivity of the silver and innovatively expands Tane’s product range for a contemporary audience.
Taking inspiration from their archives, he designed a substantial range of silver heritage pieces and introduced the brand to a wider material palette, using porcelain, stone and wood as well as silver. Bodo also directed product launch events in Paris, Munich and London, gaining greater global exposure for Tane and reviving their position as a silverware specialist known for its bold designs and flawless quality.
Photography: Matteo Manduzio & Michael Donath
The company’s history is rich with cross-cultural links and interesting exchanges; during the 1960’s Tane’s work was collected by a glamorous following of celebrities and royalty, including Jackie Kennedy, Oscar de la Renta and Brigitte Bardot, whilst in the 70’s influential artists and architects were invited to design silver pieces, such as Mathias Goeritz and Leonora Carrington. The company also produced silverware for Tiffany for over 18 years, replicated the Louvre’s collection of Rococo silverware and in the early 90’s founded a school in Brittany, ensuring the future of silver craftsmanship in France.
Silver is the most reflective metal and is incredibly versatile, historically desired as a symbol of wealth and valued for its antibacterial properties. The aim of this collection was to reinstate the longevity and authenticity of silver within the heart of the modern home, for future generations to cherish.
The collection both celebrates time-honoured Mexican craftsmanship and aligns with a renewed cultural interest in handmade objects.