Blown Away - London Design Festival 2018 at Sketch London
Six international designers will showcase a series of innovative hand-blown glass works and movement, including a new chandelier by master glassblower Simone Crestani in borosilicate glass.
For the first time in London, WonderGlass will present Echoes Chandelier – a never seen before illuminated speaker sculpture by studiopluz.
The show will also feature a bespoke chandelier by Bocci, adapted exclusively for sketch.
Sketch Bars Director Pepijn Van-den Abeele will take inspiration from the Blown Away exhibition to create a special ‘Blowing Bubbles’ cocktail. The Champagne-based tipple will be on the menu at sketch throughout the duration of London Design Festival.
N28 Copper by Bocci results from an innovative fabrication process that manipulates both the temperature and the direction of air flow into blown glass. The result is a slightly distorted sphere with an interior landscape of satellite shapes, including an opaque milk glass diffuser that houses either a low-voltage xenon or LED lamp.
A flexible copper suspension option (in natural copper or white powder coat) is available for all 28 pendants, providing a different compositional reading and a range of sculptural forms.
Echoes by studiopluz is inspired by the origins of the universe, it is an illuminated sculpture comprised of a series of glass discs fusing glass with sound to produce a stimulating soundscape, evocative of the gravitational waves coming from black holes.
Horah by Raw Edges, reflects on the theme of light in dialogue with one of the essential aspects of contemporary living: sociability. Inspired by the Horah dance, the design duo explores an on-going theme of repetition with a lighting installation that is imbued with an essential quality in the dance: conviviality.
Rise by Hideki Yoshimoto focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles and the refraction of light. Supported by WonderLab, the laboratory of innovation and technology at WonderGlass, Yoshimoto challenged the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials, resulting in a mesmerising visual effect. Yoshimoto’s work seeks to capture a dynamic moment in time and is reminiscent of air rising through the water, suggesting the possibilities of life below; a presence that we cannot see but are inspired to imagine.
Ripple Light by Poetic Lab is an analogue lighting effect and not a traditional plain lamp. The effect is jointly created by the lamp‘s simple mechanism and by the room‘s quality and ambience. It works best in calm and dimmed areas with light walls. A beam of light projects from the lighting dome through both walls of the mouth-blown unevenly shaped projection dome that gently rotates. This creates a play of shadow and light in an ever changing, moving ripple pattern – beauty that goes beyond the material itself.
Bubble Chandelier by Simone Crestani, uses borosilicate glass working with the lamp working technique. He has developed a personal style that allows him to create large pieces while at the same time concentrating on the smallest details. However, the creation of the work and the technique used are only the final part of the process. The chandelier structure is in brass and the bubbles are handblown is borosilicate glass.