Content & Container

Content & Container Appreciating the extra in the ordinary

Launched in 2008, Pia Pasalk's design label Content & Container celebrates the beauty of the inconspicuous, of that which lies concealed beneath the everyday surface. It turns the everyday into an element of style, the blemish into the focus of design.

Mission: Content & Container produces small series, limited editions as well as one-of-a-kind-pieces.

Im Gespräch: Pia Pasalk
14/05/2019
Im Gespräch: Pia Pasalk - COLD PERFECTION

Im Gespräch: Pia Pasalk

Mit Pia Pasalk, Desigerin und Gründerin des Labels Content & Container, sprachen wir u. a. über Vollkommenheit und Makel, Schnelllebigkeit und Zufall.

With LIVING AT HOME I visited my favorite places in Cologne. The article is in the current issue. livingathome.deSalon S...
26/04/2017
Living at HOME - Publications - Content & Container by Pia Pasalk

With LIVING AT HOME I visited my favorite places in Cologne. The article is in the current issue.

livingathome.de
Salon Schmitz
The New Yorker Cologne
Siebter Himmel
Alexandra Lenz
cappelleria.eu
Hernando Cortez Schokoladen
CARLsGARTEN
Rheinauhafen
Blauer Montag Hempel & Wallberg
Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln

Design Post Cologne. Päckchenalarm.
26/11/2016

Design Post Cologne. Päckchenalarm.

Content & Container has been selected with the Parcelbag collection for the national exhibition „manu factum“ for determ...
04/09/2015
Parcelbag - Collections - Content & Container by Pia Pasalk

Content & Container has been selected with the Parcelbag collection for the national exhibition „manu factum“ for determining the state prices for craft in NRW.

22 August to 11 October 2015
MAKK, Museum of Applied Arts Cologne

In times of online trading parcels get a very special significance. Most various goods are shipped all over the globe, to finally arrive at their destination. The anticipation of the arrival may even exceed the joy over the unwrapped product.

Out now: "Encore! The New Artisans"
19/03/2015

Out now: "Encore! The New Artisans"

Released soon: "Encore! The New Artisans" with Content & Container."Encore! is the long-awaited sequel to The New Artisa...
04/03/2015

Released soon: "Encore! The New Artisans" with Content & Container.

"Encore! is the long-awaited sequel to The New Artisans, Olivier Dupon’s 2011 trendsetting publication that introduced a new generation of makers crafting desirable objects for modern lifestyles. Since its publication craft and making have become an established part of contemporary culture and our desire for the handmade shows no sign of abating.

Encore! showcases sixty brand new makers, from nineteen countries, whose creations, including textile birds, paper masks, hand thrown ceramics and tailormade bicycles, will inspire and delight. It is a perfectly curated sourcebook for discovering unique and beautiful pieces, handmade with love. From the timeless furniture of professional-basketball-players-turned-craftsmen, the Brothers Dressler, to Hannah Waldron’s graphic inspired woven textiles to Manuela Castro Martin’s textural ‘glass lace’, Encore! features hundreds of one-of-a-kind, handmade wonders from all over the world. (...)" Press Release

Thanks ELLE City for the great feature!
21/09/2014

Thanks ELLE City for the great feature!

MIPEL News featuring the Parcelbag.
22/05/2014
Content and Container: the extra in the ordinary | Mipel News

MIPEL News featuring the Parcelbag.

Launched in 2008, Pia Pasalk?s design label Content & Container celebrates the beauty of the inconspicuous, of that which lies concealed beneath the everyday surface: it turns the everyday into an element of style.

CONTAINER 29.11.13 – 21.12.13Content & Container presents its extraordinary Tableware and Bag Collections from November ...
19/11/2013

CONTAINER 29.11.13 – 21.12.13

Content & Container presents its extraordinary Tableware and Bag Collections from November 29th until December 21st.

Official opening on Friday 29th at 18:00. We are looking forward to welcome you at our Container.

Werft 11, Anna-Schneider-Steig 11, 50678 Cologne, Rheinauhafen, www.werft11.com

OPEN
FR 12:00 - 18:00
SA 12:00 - 16:00

www.contentandcontainer.com

In times of online trading parcels get a very special significance. Most various goods are shipped all over the globe, t...
13/09/2013

In times of online trading parcels get a very special significance. Most various goods are shipped all over the globe, to finally arrive at their destination. The anticipation of the arrival may even exceed the joy over the unwrapped product. The Parcelbag maintains this state of anticipation with the easy attitude of a globetrotter.

In combination with the colour of the calf leather and the handprinted leather handles giving the aesthetic appeal of adhesive tape, the strongly abstracted form of the bag turns the Parcelbag formally into a parcel.

The Parcelbag is available as Weekender, Handbag and Clutch.

The Parcelbag is made of premium-quality calf leather, vegetable-tanned an completely dyed. Natural irregularities and damages by scars emphasize the natural look of the leather, which gradually will develop a distinctive patina by wear and use. The leather straps are handprinted. www.contentandcontainer.com

In times of online trading parcels get a very special significance. Most various goods are shipped all over the globe, to finally arrive at their destination. The anticipation of the arrival may even exceed the joy over the unwrapped product. The Parcelbag maintains this state of anticipation with the easy attitude of a globetrotter.

In combination with the colour of the calf leather and the handprinted leather handles giving the aesthetic appeal of adhesive tape, the strongly abstracted form of the bag turns the Parcelbag formally into a parcel.

The Parcelbag is available as Weekender, Handbag and Clutch.

The Parcelbag is made of premium-quality calf leather, vegetable-tanned an completely dyed. Natural irregularities and damages by scars emphasize the natural look of the leather, which gradually will develop a distinctive patina by wear and use. The leather straps are handprinted. www.contentandcontainer.com

WoodrawPhoto by Christian Angl
06/09/2013

Woodraw

Photo by Christian Angl

From an early age tactile experience is an indispensable part of our sensual perception. The Woodraw collection grew out of the belief that the sense of touch is just as important as the sense of sight.

All objects are cut with chainsaw, moulded and then poured into porcelain. The wood grain and traces of the sculptors’ intuitive process appear through the porcelain, determining its aesthetics and feel. www.contentandcontainer.com

Content & Container presents the new collections at the trade fair MIPEL in Milan from September the 15th until Septembe...
02/09/2013

Content & Container presents the new collections at the trade fair MIPEL in Milan from September the 15th until September the 18th. We look forward to welcome you to our booth at Studio Design in Hall 12, Stand F 83. www.mipel.com

C-SetPhoto by Mareen Fischinger
23/08/2013

C-Set

Photo by Mareen Fischinger

The Coffee-Set, shortly C-Set, consists of handmade coffee cups, espresso cups, drinking vessels and saucers, all of them can be combined individually. External blemishes are playfully turned into the contrary. Overlapping rims turn into handles, merging colours and paint splatters turn into a unique pattern. Even a most accidential combination of vessels, patterns and colours appears like a conscious composition. Coincidence plays a mayor role throughout the manufacturing process, giving the C-Set its extraordinary aesthetics. www.contentandcontainer.com

The Flourbag plays with proportions. It is clothing, piece of jewelry and bag at the same time. Used flour bags with fit...
20/08/2013

The Flourbag plays with proportions. It is clothing, piece of jewelry and bag at the same time. Used flour bags with fitted, handprinted leather shoulder straps make the Flourbag an extravagant One of a Kind. The Flourbag is available in long or short. http://contentandcontainer.com

The Flourbag plays with proportions. It is clothing, piece of jewelry and bag at the same time. Used flour bags with fitted, handprinted leather shoulder straps make the Flourbag an extravagant One of a Kind. The Flourbag is available in long or short. http://contentandcontainer.com

Dockerbags featured in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST Italy
10/07/2013

Dockerbags featured in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST Italy

New England Home Magazine featuring the Perfect Imperfect and C-Set Plates.
04/06/2013
Editor’s Miscellany: Porcelain Potential | New England Home Magazine

New England Home Magazine featuring the Perfect Imperfect and C-Set Plates.

Not long ago I attended the opening reception for a new show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, New Blue and White. If that title has you envisioning endless vitrines loaded with chaste knockoffs of Chinese export ware, I’m happy to say that’s far from what you’ll find when you visit.

Scenes D´Interior Jan 2013
29/05/2013

Scenes D´Interior Jan 2013

The Dockerhandbags are now available at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!
08/03/2013

The Dockerhandbags are now available at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago!

Parcelbag launched at Maison & Objet in Paris
07/02/2013

Parcelbag launched at Maison & Objet in Paris

Woodraw collection preview
24/01/2013

Woodraw collection preview

Dockerhandbag featured on Seasons.nl
24/01/2013
Een tas vol verwijzingen - Seasons

Dockerhandbag featured on Seasons.nl

Inspiratie voor haar opvallende tassen haalde ontwerpster Pia Pasalk uit haar eigen woon- en werkomgeving: het nieuwe havengebied in Keulen. Het contrast tussen de oude, wat vervallen havengebouwen met hun strakke, zakelijke interieurs, fascineerde haar.

Content & Container presents its new collections at the Paris trade show Maison & Objet 2013 (18. - 22. january). You ar...
14/01/2013

Content & Container presents its new collections at the Paris trade show Maison & Objet 2013 (18. - 22. january). You are warmly invited to visit us at Scenes D´Interior in Hall 7, stand D69.

Content & Container wishes you and your family much love, good health and happiness for this year 2013!
11/01/2013

Content & Container wishes you and your family much love, good health and happiness for this year 2013!

Dockerhandbags featured in Dutch Seasons magazine
06/09/2012

Dockerhandbags featured in Dutch Seasons magazine

Publications
25/07/2012

Publications

Home Idea Magazine, Nov 2011 (CN)
17/07/2012

Home Idea Magazine, Nov 2011 (CN)

Content & Container in good company at the U in Dortmund.
09/07/2012

Content & Container in good company at the U in Dortmund.

Content & Container in good company at the U in Dortmund.

From an early age tactile experience is an indispensable part of our sensual perception. The Traces collection grew out ...
20/06/2012

From an early age tactile experience is an indispensable part of our sensual perception. The Traces collection grew out of the belief that the sense of touch is just as important as the sense of sight. All objects are cut from wood by hand, moulded and then poured into black porcelain. The wood grain and traces of the sculptors’ intuitive process appear through the porcelain, determining its aesthetics and feel.

From an early age tactile experience is an indispensable part of our sensual perception. The Traces collection grew out of the belief that the sense of touch is just as important as the sense of sight. All objects are cut from wood by hand, moulded and then poured into black porcelain. The wood grain and traces of the sculptors’ intuitive process appear through the porcelain, determining its aesthetics and feel.

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the Perfect Imperfect collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomp...
20/06/2012

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the Perfect Imperfect collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomplete and the unconventional, the faulty and the flawed. The series subscribes to the belief that things achieve true perfection only in transience and simplicity. One of its featured materials is porcelain. Sometimes referred to as "white gold" porcelain creates a fascinating tension between the fragile with the quotidian and weds the mundane with the remarkable like no other. Any blemishes or rough patches that appear during the manufacturing process are not eliminated but preserved in the design of the collection. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/perfect-imperfect

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the Perfect Imperfect collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomplete and the unconventional, the faulty and the flawed. The series subscribes to the belief that things achieve true perfection only in transience and simplicity. One of its featured materials is porcelain. Sometimes referred to as "white gold" porcelain creates a fascinating tension between the fragile with the quotidian and weds the mundane with the remarkable like no other. Any blemishes or rough patches that appear during the manufacturing process are not eliminated but preserved in the design of the collection. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/perfect-imperfect

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the White collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomplete and the...
20/06/2012

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the White collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomplete and the unconventional, the faulty and the flawed. The series subscribes to the belief that things achieve true perfection only in transience and simplicity. The absence of color brings the pure form in the foreground and highlights the broken edges and the uniqueness of each piece. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/white

Inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy of Japan, the White collection is an homage to the beauty of the incomplete and the unconventional, the faulty and the flawed. The series subscribes to the belief that things achieve true perfection only in transience and simplicity. The absence of color brings the pure form in the foreground and highlights the broken edges and the uniqueness of each piece. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/white

In hectic times like ours, it’s important to stop and take a break. The poetry collection invites people to contemplate ...
20/06/2012

In hectic times like ours, it’s important to stop and take a break. The poetry collection invites people to contemplate the poetry of everyday life. Inspired by the poem "Abendlied" by Matthias Claudius, the collection consists of brooches made from antique porcelain cups and gilded sterling silver engraved with poetry. Some of the polished gold interiors of the cups reflect the surrounding decoration. Every brooch is one of a kind. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/poetry

In hectic times like ours, it’s important to stop and take a break. The poetry collection invites people to contemplate the poetry of everyday life. Inspired by the poem "Abendlied" by Matthias Claudius, the collection consists of brooches made from antique porcelain cups and gilded sterling silver engraved with poetry. Some of the polished gold interiors of the cups reflect the surrounding decoration. Every brooch is one of a kind. http://en.contentandcontainer.com/products/filter/poetry

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