Design Company Lasvit Takes The London Design Festival By Storm ⇒ Lasvit is a creative hub of glassmaking talents, fresh ideas, and daring designs. This young, progressive Czech glassmaking and design company inspires the world with its breath-taking, custom-made installations exhibited all over the world, as well as with their unique lighting and glassware collections made from hand-blown glass. The founder of Lasvit, Leon Jakimič, steers the company with the utmost respect for the Czech glassmaking tradition, but also with a boundless optimism for modern technologies and cutting-edge design. At this year’s edition of the London Design Festival, Lasvit presented Glass Monsters in the flagship store of the acclaimed British designer Sir Paul Smith from September 6th – 28th. The Czech creative hub for glassmaking and design talents is going to London also with levitating lighting presentation at the Decorex design fair.
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In Paul Smith’s store, there will be thirteen monsters from well-renowned designers including Dutch talent Maarten Baas, Czech design legend René Roubíček, Brazilian creative duo Campana Brothers, Italian artist Alessandro Mendini and others. This is the first time the Monsters will appear after their introduction at this year’s Milan Design Week, where they reaped great success and contributed to LASVIT receiving the main design award, which was awarded to the company for their Monster Cabaret show in Teatro Gerolamo.
In Paul Smith’s shop in London, the monsters will be accompanied by a set of glassware. Visitors will have the chance to see, among other pieces, the Champagne Cooler designed by an architectural superstar, the late Jan Kaplický. LASVIT has recently made these coolers specially customized for the All England Club.
Kaplický is world-renowned for his work in the innovative Future Systems architectonic studio whose portfolio contains such iconic projects as the New Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground or the Selfridges Building in Birmingham.
As a part of the London Design Festival, LASVIT prepared their Decorex exhibition. In the centre of the site was a big bang of Cipher chandeliers designed by creative duo Yabu Pushelberg. The collection combining traditional glassmaking techniques with cutting-edge ideas and inspirations was introduced at the Euroluce in Milan last year and soon became one of the most admired LASVIT collections. Cypher´s delicate hand-blown crystal cylindrical pieces are cut with clean, clear lines. “The surface decoration was influenced by our fascination and exploration of the way in which etched patterning catches the light,” the designers explained.
Apart from Cipher, LASVIT also featured its signature collection Neverending Glory, designed by Czech duo Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus. In the shape of their chandeliers, it is possible to recognize iconic chandeliers from five of the world’s most eminent concert halls and theatres; La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as the Czech Republic’s Estates Theatre in Prague.
While the chandeliers were hanging from the ceiling, the glassware was flying through the air. Visitors had the chance to check out the Otto glassware collection – LASVIT’s most extensive tableware collection made of glass and designed by the same creative duo as Cipher, bearing their similarly linear, signature style. The exhibition also featured, among others, pieces from Japanese architect Kengo Kuma or the young Czech designer Cyril Dunděra. The last LASVIT autumn “hotspot” will be in the Mint Shop gallery. LASVIT is in long-standing cooperation with this design store which offers outstanding works from internationally recognized designers. The interior design store was established 20 years ago and is renowned for its contemporary collections and creative merchandising.
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