In his 1757 treatise A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful
, Edmund Burke put his finger upon an intriguing characteristic of beautiful objects: “Perfectly beautiful bodies are not composed of angular parts, so their parts never continue long in the same right line. They vary their direction every moment,” he continued, “and they change under the eye by a deviation continually carrying on, but for whose beginning or end you will find it difficult to ascertain a point.” I am hard-pressed to find a more apt description of this piece by Alex Florov.
Taken separately, each disk is irregular and organic, like a stone taken from a riverbed or the Enso Zen circles. But they are fused together in such a way that the eye searches for an end to the flowing lines that meld the disks harmoniously into a splendid whole. In profile, the pipe’s asymmetry is striking, but so is the balance achieved by the positioning of each disk. From the smoker’s point of view, the asymmetry of the piece is similarly well balanced. The organicism is further accentuated by the patches of plateau on the underside of the pipe. An homage to Tokutumi and Kei-Gotoh, this Florov is sure to please.