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This new body of work, commissioned by Gallery Libby Sellers, cites Meccano – the model construction kit system – as its inspiration. Moulded geometric forms were rigorously conceived to stack one above each other. Just like the Meccano bricks, each glass layer of the lamp – be it a floor based or ceiling pendant lamp – can be reordered and swapped to create twenty-four different forms and colourways.

Series of 24 pieces available from Gallery Libby Sellers, London

 

 


Lady Dior as seen by

When I was asked by Christian Dior to re-invent their “lady Dior” handbag for the “Lady Dior as seen by” project, I thought it would be interesting to change the function of the object maintaining the iconic look. I therefore transformed the handbag into a “hand-lamp” inserting a glass piece based on my ModuleA wall light in the middle of the hand bag. I included in the glass vessel a small glass bee to be in dialogue with the cannage pattern of the bag resembling a beehive.

Simple

A collaboration with the British Magazine “Wallpaper” for their “Wallpaper Handmade III at Brioni” exhibition, during the Salone Del Mobile in Milano. For this collaboration I designed a place setting to be made using two of Murano’s most celebrated and antique techniques: filigrana and incalmo. Threaded filigrana  was combined with the notoriously technical and difficult incalmo glass blowing technique, to create three plates. Individually, the three plates have three different extremely simple patterns. Once stacked, as for example when preparing the table for lunch or dinner, these three plates combine to make a complicated display of lines and circles. The patterns are referenced and repeated in the three glasses

Obbiettivo

In designing Obbiettivo, I wanted to make a small side table/stool that would be blown as one seamless piece. In this technically challenging project, the complex arrangement of several different layers of coloured glass is visible in section through the transparent top.

Officina Insetto et Autres Histoires Perimeter Art and Design Paris

A selection of works from the “inside-out” London exhibition together with some new pieces are on show at Perimeter Art and Design Paris.

As in the London show, I wanted to exhibit the work in a domestic context so I recreated, in the beautiful rooms of the gallery: a small living room, a study and a dining room.

Furniture covered in brown paper was used to convey the atmosphere of the rooms without referencing it to its designer. The only colours in the rooms came from my pieces.  

Perimeter Art and Design Paris, from 13.05.2011 to 30.06.2011


Perimetro

Perimetro is my first attempt to create small furniture using hand blown glass. Perimetro is a very simple side table consisting of a blown bottom part and a flat top. The use of different colours on the outside and inside of Perimetro allows for a large variety of diverse colour combinations.

 

 


Centrotavola

Perimeter Art and Design asked me to be part of the project “what’s on the table” and design a centrepiece.

The table centrepiece, or ‘surtout de table’ in French, was born in the XVII century to ornament the tables of the aristocracy and survived right up to the 1940’s late Art Deco moment. Centrepieces were traditionally highly decorative objects made of precious materials such as fine bone china or silver, often but not exclusively used for holding flower arrangements.

For this project I designed a series of vessels that can be arranged into myriad compositions. They are made in white opaque glass that can be easily confused with bone china were it not for the see-through fine coloured ring at the top. I wanted to strip both the idea of centrepiece and that of Murano glass of their connotation of frills but retain at the same time their playfulness.

Limited edition available from Perimeter Art and Design Paris


Inside Out – London Design Festival

A collaboration between Perimeter Art and Design Paris and The Wilmotte Gallery London, for The London Design Festival.

I wanted to show my new work both in a gallery and a domestic environment, highlighting the importance of the dialogue between objects and what surrounds them.

A “box” was built in the middle of the gallery (accessible from two sides) in which I recreated my personal living-dining space with all the tidy and messy elements of my daily life.

My work was displayed on the “inside” of the box and “outside” in the gallery space.

Inside Out, Perimeter Art and Design and Wilmotte Gallery in association with The London Design Festival from 18.09.2010 to 6.10.2010


C80

Derived partly from the earlier C40 C30 and C20, C80 combines the central double volume blown glass with an outer part made in powder coated metal. The blown glass diffuses the light and a small gap on the outer edge of the bottom of the lamp creates the subtle effect of a fine ring. The combination of blown glass with the powder coated metal creates an interesting diversity of surfaces. C80 is produced in a series of colour combinations.

Unlimited edition available from Perimeter Art and Design Paris


Module A

I have always found wall lights a difficult subject if for no other reason than that they always end up in narrow corridors and cramped spaces. I wanted to design something simple and small but fun, therefore the idea of 3 modules that can be arranged in different combinations with the occasional surprise of a little inhabitant. Modules A are hand blown in different colour glass as are the insects that occasionally reside in them.

Edition available from Perimeter Art and Design Paris


Module B

These lights were originally commissioned by a private collector for the central space of a large staircase. Modules B combine a central part made of hand blown glass with a series of slightly textured glass sheets and are suspended by coloured braided cords. The simple units can be repeated and arranged in an endless combination of layouts and colours. A larger version of Module B arranged horizontally in a fixed structure was also developed for another private collector.

 


New Religion

These wall lights were commissioned by British artist Damien Hirst for his house project in Chalford, Gloucestershire. They needed to fit on the intricately carved oak wood panelling throughout the walls of the house.

The lights consist of a bright colour, opaque, base that contains the light source and a see through top that diffuses the light. Damien chose a series of images of chalices to be etched on the top part of the lights from his series “new religion”.


Doppio

This series of “double vessels” was commissioned by The Other Criteria, a London based company, founded by Damien Hirst, that develops limited edition works by emerging and established artists.

“Doppio” is made up of two separate vessels, one sitting on top of the other. The stems of the flowers which sit on the small vessel travel through holes into the larger supporting vessel containing the water.

Limited edition available from The Other Criteria, London.


D40 D50

These are the first large lamps that I designed. D40 was conceived as a large closed volume to contain the light bulb. The glass is see-through and the metal structure that holds the light bulb is completely visible, creating an interesting contrast between the delicate glass and the bare metal. D40 and D50 were originally designed to sit on the floor and later a ceiling version of the two was developed.

Limited Edition available from Perimeter Art and Design Paris


Contenitore

This is the latest of my “contenitore” pieces (see Paolo Marcolongo Gallery) and my first collaboration with the Paris based gallery Perimeter Art and Design. It seemed logical to expand the “contenitori” project started in 2002 taking the only symmetrical contenitore designed earlier and having it blown using moulds into a numbered limited edition.

Limited edition available from Perimeter Art and Design Paris

 


Paola Petrobelli Galleria Paolo Marcolongo Padova

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

 

 


M1 M2 Macchia Stripe Dot TBowl

When I started working with glass I spent a lot of time designing what is most commonly associated with this material: drinking glasses, small plates and bowls.

It was a good way for me to confront and experiment with  old fashioned Venetian blown glass techniques. The result is a series of functional vessels in different sizes and colours.


Jacquesson et Fils

This is my very first commission.

I was asked by Champagne House Jacquesson et Fils to design a bottle to celebrate the new millennium. The inspiration came from the link between Jacquesson et Fils and one of Haydn’s most famous pieces of music, The Creation, which was composed in the same year as Jacquesson et Fils had been founded. Haydn’s masterpiece celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis.

The result is six bottles, one for each day of the week (according to the religious scriptures nothing was created on the seventh day of the week).

 


Bottle 2000

Bottle is the very first object I designed. A very simple symmetrical shape that was blown using different techniques in a variety of colours.