Glass artist Toots Zynsky (b. 1951) has taken the idea of the Venetian latticini (glass threads used for decorative effect) to its logical extreme. She had a machine developed to draw glass threads to her own specifications in order to use them as a painter uses tubes of color. Continue reading Eye On Design: Tierra del Fuego Bowl By Toots Zynsky
In the wake of my two favorite design shows (Salon Art + Design and BDNY) I was invited to attend the opening party for Achille Salvagni Atelier design gallery on Madison Avenue. The luxurious gallery features furniture, lighting and glass works by renowned designers Achille Salvagni and Benoist F. Drut of Maison Gerard placed in a domestic setting to facilitate the experience of living with these beautiful pieces. Visit Instagram at the link above to enjoy a selection of my photos from this very fun evening, and stay tuned for more featured posts from the Salon Art + Design.
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Architect, designer, and artist, Andreea Avram Rusu channels fine art and the practice of good design to produce original lighting and furniture collections intended to engage the senses and invite interaction. The foundation of everything she makes are materials that are true to the earth — found in nature and always exquisite. The concept for her Botanica Chandelier (2021) was inspired by the idea of nature left to its own devices, free to express itself —sensual, resonant, and unabashedly wild.
In 1970, Martin Lipofsky started a practice of traveling to glass factories around the world to learn from and collaborate with glass masters. He always sought to infuse the works he made with local culture, primarily through symbolic color.
Czech Flowers #6 (1991 – 92) is an example of this process. Lipofsky would conceive of the work, choose colors, mold-blow, and hot work the glass while abroad.
After he returned home, he would finish the piece (in this case: cut, sandblast and acid polish the glass) using various coldworking techniques. Czech Flowers #6 was created with help from Josef Rasocha.
Photographed in the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.
Symbols of speed and good fortune, Dolphins swim down the sides of this ocean-colored vase (1866–70s) from Salviati & Co. John Ruskin’s Stones of Venice created a wave of enthusiasm for the lost art of cristallo. Published from 1851 to 1853, Ruskin’s book proved a stroke of good luck for Venetians seeking to revive old glassblowing techniques.
Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.