For this collaboration with the Padova based Galleria Paolo Marcolongo I designed a series of “contenitori” each made of at least two parts. I wanted to explore the physical limits of glass and answer questions like “how large before it looses its shape” “how do we achieve the scale we want” “how precisely can an asymmetrical shape be blown”. Each of the contenitori is the answer to one or more of these questions.
“Is art expressive and design a mere product of the rational and emotional self, and if so, where do they meet?
There is a robust delicacy in the elegant uncluttered ovoids of Paola’s work, perhaps reflecting her scientific background and the laboratory environment.
Made from loose components they can be modelled to explore the dynamic interaction of overlapping transparency and colour.
As glassware they have evident usefulness, but form which beautifully transcends them from functional design into domestic sculpture” Sebastian Conran from the catalogue of the show