’16 VERREUM’S COLLABORATION | Glassblowing Heritage Infused With Modern Inspirations
Czech company Verreum, marries age-old artisanal expertise with stylish modern design to produce unique silvered-glass objects: The new collection consists of three vases, table & floor lamps, candle holder and stool created by world-class designers Sebastian Herkner, Alain Gilles, Arik Levy, Dan Yeffet, Luca Nichetto and David/Nicolas.
As far back as the 13th century, the glassblowers of northern Bohemia were already famed for their skill. It’s a tradition of decorative glass production that endures in the Czech Republic to the present day. Now Verreum, based in Prague, has taken the best of this glassblowing heritage and married it with modern inspiration from world-class designers to produce unique silvered glass. “We combine this old technique with the craftsmanship of Czech glassblowers and new modern design,” says founder Pavel Weiser, who revived the forgotten technique needed to create the company’s signature mirrored effect in 2009.
“BonBon” collection, side tables | by Luca Nichetto
The family of side tables “BonBon” by Italian designer Luca Nichetto are inspired by the silver paper wrapped around the candies and their stylized form. Composed of simplified geometric shapes assembled in a totem, the model reminds of out of scaled candies, that are suitable next to a sofa or armchair.
Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Instite. Afterwards he attended the University Institute of Architecture of Venice where he earned a degree in Industrial Design. He began his professional career in 1999. In 2006 he founded his first Venetian studio, in 2011 he opened a second practice in Staockholm, Sweden. This is when when he began to move beyond the object, reaching to interior design and architecture. Today Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of leading Italian and international companies.
“Chubby” collection, Stools | by Alain Gilles
«The idea behind the “Chubby Stool” was to create a piece in glass that conveyed real warmth and that could really be comfortable. Hence, its generous forms and friendly curves. The outer shape of the stool is like a revolved curve of an iconic milk stool.The combination of the fabric and glass creates an unexpected feeling since these two materials are almost never associated together on a single product. The upholstered cushion could be screwed on the blown glass base provided that a metal support with a screw can first be glued to the Glass. This would enable you to fix any upholstered top to any colored base on stock, or to remove the redo the upholstering if needed one day… »
Design as a second life. After studying Political Sciences and Marketing Management, Alain Gilles went on to work in the international financial world for 5 years. But one has to live his own life. So, thanks to the moral support of his wife, he went back to studying Industrial design in France. He opened his own studio in late 2007 in order to pursue his own dreams and develop his personal approach to product design, furniture design, art direction and scenography. He has since started to collaborate with several international editors such as Qui est Paul?, Galerie Gosserez Paris, Magnitude, O’Sun, La Chance, Evolution, Buzzispace, Casamania and Bonaldo.
“Corolle” collection, vase | by Sebastian Herkner
The real matter of a vase is its contents. The glass layerings of “Corolle” refer to the petals forming the dress of the flower. Materials or techniques combinations are always present in my work, and the “Corolle” collection shows in very few elements the capacities of the glass. The usual transparency becomes opaque where the pattern appears while the colors overlap and reflect on each other. Thus “Corolle” can be also contemplated without a bouquet.
Sebastian Herkner, born 1981, studied Product Design at Academy of Arts and Design Offenbach in Germany. In spring 2010, his occasional table Bell-Table was presented in New York in the collection of Spanish manufacturer ABR, and it also received the red dot award 2010. In the year 2011 Herkner was nominated Newcomer Designer of Germany.
“Waterfall” collection, vases | by Arik Levy
This collection is inspired by the way water fall and flow over surfaces, river stones, rocks and thebody. Creating surface undulation and endlessness of movement.
“Creation is an uncontrolled muscle” according to Arik Levy (born 1963). Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy’s skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures –such as his signature Rock pieces–, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels “The world is about people, not objects.” Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris. His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991. After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.
“Rocket Science” collection, candle holder | by David/Nicolas
“Rocket Science” is a set of candle holders made of steel and Silver blown glass, brass or stainless steel, Marble. It was imagined as a rocket ready for take off that becomes one with the candles. The glass/marble is used for the base and supports and shows an interesting play on reflection and refraction. They come in 2 sizes, one free standing that is high and one that is for a table.
David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem, founders of the Beirut based design studio david/nicolas, met while studying architecture at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut. In 2010 they both embarked upon a masters in product design at Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design before joining forces to set up an eponymous studio in 2011. Describing their aesthetic as ‘retrofuturistic’ – a mash-up of influences from different periods in design history – the duo create timeless objects that are at once totally new yet reassuringly familiar. They like to think their divergent opinions are what give their designs a unique character – Moussallem is a detail obsessive while Raffoul is more of a freethinker. ‘We have a different approach when starting to design, one is very narrative while the other starts sketching ‘chunks’ of objects, it just adds up to every product we ever created.’
“Counterbalance” collection, table & floor lamp by Dan Yeffet
Material and craft are persistently at the core of Dan Yeffet’s research, interrogations and inspirations. Therefore his first collaboration with Czech manufacturer Verreum seamed to be the perfect occasion to imagine “Counterbalance“, a light which pays tribute to the glassblowing technique. Showing the essence of craft, “Counterbalance” strips down both material and gesture. A long glass tube, evocative of glassblower’s blowpipe, holds a bubble, slowly shaped by the blow. Furthermore, “Counterbalance” also represents an in-depth study of source of light. In order to respect the purity of craftsmanship, the light source was discretely placed in a black marble base, highlighting its oblong shape as well as its subtle material and hue association.
Born in 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel. Studied Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy: School of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1999-2001). He then moved to the Netherlands where he graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2002 (BA in industrial/product design). After his graduation he set up his studio in Amsterdam. In 2005 he moved his studio to Paris where he still works. Dan‘s work stretches from space to objects -and everything in between- and in various methods, from classic craft work to cutting edge technologies. He designs furniture pieces, glass sculptures and lights, objects of desire, chic and pure daily products, conceptual space, urban spaces, gallery objects and limited series. His work can be described as innovative, simple and yet with a strong identity.