Paris 2013: Glass is Tomorrow Exhibition
One of the more exciting exhibitions during Paris Design Week was the Glass is Tomorrow projects where a number of craftsmen and designers had joined up to challenge the craft of glass making.
Designers including Tim Brauns, Sebastian Herkner, Alfredo Häberli, Lucie Koldova and Cecilie Manz have created glass objects working from the three themes Stackability, Silver Glass and Out of the Mould.
The project was launched on June 1st 2011, and three workshops were organized, in Nuutajärvi in Finland, Nový Bor in Czech Republic and Meisenthal in France, during which glassblowers and designers teamed up to produce glass pieces.
Worth noticing was the Babushka Glassware designed by Heikki Viinikainen and mouth blown by Sara Hulkkonen. The collection consisted of simple glass containers resembling the outlines of traditional russian Babuschka Dolls in various sizes. When stacked inside each other the glass made beautiful layers of colours, light and shadows.
Also Sebastian Herkner‘s collection Variations on Colour were exciting experiments with different techniques with colour, transparency and finishing of glass. The pieces were mouth blown by Jeremy Wintrebert, Antoine Brodin and Michal Masek and are made from silvered and tinted glass.
Alfredo Häberli had created figurine like objects called Intimacy together with Jeremy Wintrebert and Antoine Brodin, while Rony Plesl had created Golden Vases in collaboration with Équipe.
Rony explains, “The designer is usually impatient; a good blower must be the opposite. The designer does not want to search but to find, while the blower must seek to find.”
More info: GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European project, which aims at establishing a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals in the north, south, east and west of Europe. Supported by the ‘Culture’ (2007-2013) program of the European Union, GLASS IS TOMORROW promotes a high level of craft and design in contemporary glass.
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