Blank Canvas

 

André Saraiva

Amour Edition by André Saraiva

 

Opposites attract. So says the unwritten law of love. Vipp’s recent Blank Canvas partnership with French street artist, André Saraiva, is an exploration of what happens when exuberance meets minimalism, when colourful playfulness meets sleek industrial design.

 

Titled ‘Amour’, the collab is a marriage of opposing expressions living worlds apart on the style spectrum. The mat black V1 kitchen and steel pedal bin from Vipp have been given a love injection with Saraiva’s predilection for pink and signature cartoonish Mr. A. character.

Opposites attract. So says the unwritten law of love. Vipp’s recent Blank Canvas partnership with French street artist, André Saraiva, is an exploration of what happens when exuberance meets minimalism, when colourful playfulness meets sleek industrial design.

 

Titled ‘Amour’, the collab is a marriage of opposing expressions living worlds apart on the style spectrum. The mat black V1 kitchen and steel pedal bin from Vipp have been given a love injection with Saraiva’s predilection for pink and signature cartoonish Mr. A. character.

'I loved the pink bin in my Hotel Amour, and together with Vipp we decided to make a small collection out of it. I believe that street art is for everyone.'

'I loved the pink bin in my Hotel Amour, and together with Vipp we decided to make a small collection out of it. I believe that street art is for everyone.'

The collaboration springs from André commissioning custom Vipp pedal bins for his Hotel Amour in Paris, where the collection takes its name from. Doubling as an art piece and functional tool, the editions pay tribute to the artist as well as the product design itself. Unexpected partnership indeed. But we say it is a love match. André Saraiva talks about his love for Denmark, the colour pink, street art and overlooked objects.

The collaboration springs from André commissioning custom Vipp pedal bins for his Hotel Amour in Paris, where the collection takes its name from. Doubling as an art piece and functional tool, the editions pay tribute to the artist as well as the product design itself. Unexpected partnership indeed. But we say it is a love match. André Saraiva talks about his love for Denmark, the colour pink, street art and overlooked objects.

'As I’m used to very large canvases in my work as a street artist, I was thrilled to also do a Vipp art kitchen'.

'As I’m used to very large canvases in my work as a street artist, I was thrilled to also do a Vipp art kitchen'.

Meet the artist

Graffiti was the first way in which artist André Saraiva made his mark on the world. André was born in Uppsala, Sweden, and grew up in Paris tagging his name on the neighbourhood walls. As an entrepreneur, André has created curated experiences and spaces, as well as founded hospitality ventures including the world-famous “Le Baron” nightclubs and boutique hotel group Hotel Amour. While André is a pioneer of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife, André has never put his spray can away.

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Large canvas

Mr. A has been painted over 300,000 times across six continents. André and his signature character have both appeared in many global brand collaborations and campaigns for over 30 years. André's work has been shown in museums and contemporary art galleries around the world, with the largest being a wall of tiles installed in Lisbon commissioned by the city that spanned over 10.000-square-foot.


Large canvas

Mr. A has been painted over 300,000 times across six continents. André and his signature character have both appeared in many global brand collaborations and campaigns for over 30 years. André's work has been shown in museums and contemporary art galleries around the world, with the largest being a wall of tiles installed in Lisbon commissioned by the city that spanned over 10.000-square-foot.

Mr. A

There was a significant turning point in the history of street art when André introduced a character into his graffiti - the cheerful, top-hatted stick figure, and now iconic Mr. A. As the first graffiti artist to paint a character in place of the traditional tag name, he quickly became known as Paris’ most active street artist. "Mr.A is my alter-ego, but he also represents everyone’s best friend and lover." - André Saraiva

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Pink Passion

"In the early 90s my style revolved around layers of vivid and playful colors, but pink has always been my favorite. In graffiti, it was neither common nor popular. So, generally, pink spray cans were the ones left standing on the shelves in store. That left plenty for me to steal. Pink has an advantage over all the other colors—it mixes well with all of them, it makes everything harmonious. Pink became my color", says André Saraiva.

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PHOTO CREDIT
Anders Schønnemann, @pionphotographie

PHOTO CREDIT
Anders Schønnemann, @pionphotographie