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LASVIT VIA LUCIS -  A PALAZZO SERBELLONI

 

LASVIT PRESENTS “VIA LUCIS” AT SALONE DEL MOBILE 2016

Prague/MilanLASVIT presents “Via Lucis”, a journey through unique and contemporary projects enhanced by the experience and skills of master glassmakers.

The presentation will take place at the Sale Napoleoniche of Palazzo Serbelloni, where Napoleone Bonaparte resided during his stay in Milan. The precious Bohemian crystal chandeliers created for him, find today their ancient splendor thanks to LASVIT’s restoration, along with the strong commitment of Fondazione Serbelloni’s team.

Past meets the future in this setting where renowned names such as Andre Fu, Moritz Waldemeyer and Maurizio Galante, alongside Czech legends and young designers, reinterpret the Neoclassical taste of chandeliers with a contemporary twist by combining Czech glassmakers’ artisanal know-how and craftsmanship.

For the Salone del Mobile, major designers, including Daniel Libeskind, the Campana Brothers and Arik Levy, continued their collaboration with LASVIT reinterpreting their past collections, focusing on the theme art de la table with extraordinary glass objects and tableware. LASVIT is also proud to pay homage to one of Czech greatest visionaries, presenting champagne cooler by Jan Kaplicky.

In addition, LASVIT premieres a dynamic lighting sculpture Intergalactic created by internal designers Petra Krausova and Libor Sostak.

 TAC/TILE by Andre Fu Living                              

                                                                     

Celebrating Fu’s signature language of ‘relaxed luxury,’ this collection is an ode to a truly tactile material that embodies religious, institutional and monumental architecture. TAC/TILE was inspired by the 1932 Maison de Verre (a.k.a. House of Glass), Czech metropolitan passageways, traditional Chinese tiled roofs, the Flatiron Building, as well as modernist glass blocks. The purist triangular profile became the core form adapted into a spectrum of applications - from table lamps and floor lamps to suspended pendants.    

 LUDWIG by Maurizio Galante 

                                                                  

Design of Ludwig collection is striving to establish balance between past and future. The bygone romantic era with its neoclassical proportions is reinterpreted with essentially slick, streamlined forms. While the contours remain loyal to their neoclassical style chandelier references, the use of industrial glass tubes imbues this family of spectacular lights with an airy and strikingly modern elegance.

FACET by Moritz Waldemeye

                                                           

LASVIT is proud to present lighting sculpture by Stanislav Libensky – a set of original pendants designed for and installed in the Hotel Praha, a prominent architectural project completed during the 1980’s. Although presenting the best of contemporary design, the hotel was later torn down on the premise of being “too large to operate.” Civic efforts to preserve it as a cultural monument failed and these lights are among the few remaining artifacts. Libensky used varying thicknesses of glass to create a play of rays and shadows on the fixtures themselves as well as the surrounding interiors. Natural light creates a positive/negative image pattern directly on the glass. Amassing fixtures in a variety of shapes and heights enables diverse effects from a fireball look to more delicate forms resembling a kaleidoscope. These distinctive features, as well as variability of use, make the Praha lighting sculpture a timeless design.

 PRAHA by Stanislav Libensky

                                                                           

LASVIT is proud to present lighting sculpture by Stanislav Libensky – a set of original pendants designed for and installed in the Hotel Praha, a prominent architectural project completed during the 1980’s. Although presenting the best of contemporary design, the hotel was later torn down on the premise of being “too large to operate.” Civic efforts to preserve it as a cultural monument failed and these lights are among the few remaining artifacts. Libensky used varying thicknesses of glass to create a play of rays and shadows on the fixtures themselves as well as the surrounding interiors. Natural light creates a positive/negative image pattern directly on the glass. Amassing fixtures in a variety of shapes and heights enables diverse effects from a fireball look to more delicate forms resembling a kaleidoscope. These distinctive features, as well as variability of use, make the Praha lighting sculpture a timeless design.

INTERGALACTIC DYNAMIC SCULPTURE by Petra Krausova and Libor Sostak

            

The Ries Crater was formed some 14 million years ago by an asteroid impact. The force of its subsequent explosion sent molten rocks up to 300 km away, forming green “cosmic glass” in the process. Today, pieces of this natural glass, called Moldavite, are found almost exclusively in the Czech Republic. LASVIT designers Petra Krausova and Libor Sostak were inspired by this semi-precious stone, creating their homage to Moldavites. This dynamic lighting sculpture is made of bright green uranium glass, pulsing with changing light like an asteroid entering the atmosphere. 

MEMENTO MORI by Maxim Velcovsky

                                                                           

The macabre Czech masterpiece known as the Sedlec Ossuary (near Kutna Hora) is one of twelve World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. It is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones were artistically arranged by Frantisek Rint to form chapel decorations in 1870. Maxim Velcovsky pays homage to Rint’s actual bone chandeliers by imprinting their shapes into a glass form. The Latin phrase Memento Mori, reminding us to ‘remember death,’ became the essence of this object. It symbolizes birth and death as well as the disappearing crafts that are passed from generation to generation in Europe. Small parts are made by glass pressing, large parts are hand-blown and the chains created by small “bones” paraphrase the “immortal” classical chandeliers.

EMPRESS BY JAKUB BERDYCH

                                                                        

Inspired by the traditional shape of chandeliers popular during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, this contemporary reflection on the iconic style brings refreshing new details. The production of its individual trimmings is stopped prior to their final cutting and polishing, showing the pressed glass including its overburden edge. This effect captures the sense of glass being exposed to heat and pressure, sustaining a sense of motion. The impression is further enhanced by using the technique of metal-coating of glass that adds depth, sheen and iridescence. The Empress chandelier is an example of excellent craftsmanship in combination with the raw sense of the unfinished trimming.                                                             

OMNIA VINCIT AMOR BY RAJA SCHWAHN-REICHMANN

                                                                                   

Love conquers all. Dionysus, the leader and rioter of all the baroque bucolic bustle, accompanied by Cupid and his divine relatives and ambassadors, protects us against melancholy as bearer of wine, lust(re) and light. Inspired by this theme, artist Raja Schwahn-Reichmann set out to transform her visions, using her figural paintings, into three-dimensional objects. The collection titled Omnia Vincit Amort for Lasvit combines Raja’s paintings and hand-blown glass components. This meticulously crafted piece bursts with colors and shapes, adding a contemporary twist to the baroque icons and floral elements.