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Simone Crestani Merges Art & Design in Ethereal Furnishing AccessoriesWednesday 14 November 2018
Simone Crestani Merges Art & Design in Ethereal Furnishing Accessories ⇒ The extremely skilled Italian glass artist and craftsman, Simone Crestani has managed to masterfully combine art and design in a series of ethereal furnishings accessories. Crestani’s work is simply indescribable as the creator is able to showcase all the nuances of glass while also giving it a rigorous and whimsical touch. Today, CovetED explores two of his latest designs that are complete works of art!
In the home furnishing accessories created by Simone Crestani, the modern-day homo faber drawn between art and design, glass expresses itself through the infinite nuances of a material as fascinating as it is mysterious.
From a young age, Crestani has developed a unique admiration and passion for glass and after a ten-year apprenticeship at Massimo Lunardon’s glassworks, it was in 2010 that he opened his own workshop, Atelier Crestani, where he personally developed his innovative methods and applied research into glass. By pushing the material to its limits and developing synergies with it, the artist pursues his personal expressive research into its formal poetics day by day, and – by capturing the perfect moment which he grasps from time’s clutches, crystallising it in light and transparent forms – he expresses its infinite ode to the enchantment of beauty.
First, let’s talk about the remarkable lighting piece, the Bollicine Chandelier. This exceptional piece appears to be composed of the ethereal presence of glass balls containing a LED light source within them. The spheres, almost like soap bubbles dispersing into the ether, brush together and sway in space in order to envelop the supporting geometric structure – made from polished brass – with their delicate exuberance, reuniting in compositions which differ each time and make each example unique.
The effect is a dynamic interplay of forces at the limit of the mysterious: the equilibrium between the tensions and the strength of the connections, the distances to maintain and the full spaces, equal to the empty ones, reveal themselves to be fundamental for each individual part of the object, as well as the whole.
The Bollicine Chandelier appears to have a modular structure, born from a unique artisan production process. In virtue of such, this unique product becomes a completely customisable home furnishing accessory, which can be made to measure in terms of shape, size and finish.
In a similar method, the creator continues to push the technical limits of glass in the Audentes Fortuna Iuvat console. The main purpose here was to break down the collective image of glass as an extremely fragile and delicate material. A decorative piece of furniture composed of two symmetrical slabs of Carrara marble taken from the same block and – supporting the weight of the upper slab – the apparent fragility of 19 glass sticks.
The glass, which at a glance appears completely static and immobile, in reality dynamically supports the upper slab of marble weighing over 150 kg, with surprising ease. It turns out to be an extremely tough, elastic and surprisingly strong material.
As a whole, Simone Crestani brings a contemporary reinterpretation to an artisan tradition and an occupation whose most important centre of production has been the area around Venice since ancient times.
“The artist celebrates vital energy in creations which immortalise the perfect moment within a transformation – of a continuous interplay of opposites – and permanently capture the enchantment of an absolute moment, continuously ready to break apart and recompose into new orders of beauty.”
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Source: Atelier Crestani