Founded in the Czech Republic in 2007 by Leon Jakimic, Lasvit combines the finest glass blowing techniques with creative modern day interpretations of their prized trade. Lasvit are innovators in the field of glass craft; fusing imagination and creativity together to create pieces of undeniable quality, style and precision. As you will soon have the pleasure of viewing, it is not only glass fittings that are created within their studio. In fact, Lasvit are synonymous for their stunning light installation work fashioned from Bohemian glass, which has been featured in both private homes, and public spaces on a world wide scale.
The prestige associated with glass has been around for centuries. From Roman to Imperial times, the glittering display of a handcrafted chandelier wowed both beholders and guests. It was very often an important statement of class and status to have a phenomenal hanging light fitting taking centre stage in a grandiose entrance or ballroom. It should also be noted, that glass is a pivotal part of Czech heritage, so it is only fitting that Lasvit would continue such an important legacy into the modern era. Their objective is clear: to transform glass into pieces of elegance, beauty and class.
Before we showcase the fine works of Lasvit, let's take a moment to consider the delicate and artistic process behind the creation of the wonderful glass work we are about to see. The craft of glass blowing has been around since 2 BC, becoming noted and popular during the Roman Empire. However, the process, even during modern times, is still fundamentally the same. Molten glass is fashioned with air by the Glassmith into various shapes and creations, some of artistic sculptural quality, others serving a more functional use. Nowadays, as you can see taking shape in the picture above, glass pieces are made with the process of free-blowing or mould-blowing. This is a highly skilled and artisan feat, allowing the Glassmith to blow any shape desired from water glasses to window panes.
This incredible, floating glass installation is featured inside The Peninsula Hotel in Paris, in their Grand Entrance Lobby. As the name Dancing Leaves suggests, the leaves appear to dance weightlessly in the space, as if there was an indoor breeze billowing and lifting the leaves around the room. Each leaf, unique its its appearance, has been handmade and crafted by Lasvit in their studio. The inspiration for the design of the chandelier came from the tree lined street outside the hotel, creating an artistic juxtaposition between outside and inside spaces.
The Never Ending Glory series is a joint collaboration between designers Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus. The shapes presented in this collection represent and reinterpret famous chandeliers, into one unique conceptual lamp. These shapes display, in silhouette form, the following iconic chandeliers from five of the most renowned concert halls and theatres in the world: La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Czech Republic’s Estates Theatre in Prague. This series allows us to take a little of the applause from these spaces into our own homes; a true visionary approach to glass lighting design.
Arik Levy is the designer behind Crystal Rock, a unique lighting experience fashioned from hand-blown glass. Crafted as a modern interpretation of cave rocks, this pendant light creates a showcase of colours and light once illuminated. The idea behind the project was to show how darkness and light interact, in particular, how this piece appears frozen in the darkness like stars in the night sky. The pieces from this collection are available as a singular, or clustered set, meaning you can choose the level of intensity you wish to have in your home. The designer describes Crystal Rock as Kryptonite, you'll become so enthralled by its appearance you won't be able to look away.
Internationally acclaimed architect and designer Daniel Libeskind is the mastermind behind this project entitled Ice. Working alongside the master glass crafters in the Lasvit studio, each individual component that makes up this glass sculpture can be moved and arranged into a myriad of different installations. The name comes from the resemblance of the project to stalactites or icicles, that even in nature, reflect prisms of stunning colours when interacted and penetrated by light. Weighing a massive 200 kilograms, this sculpture is a bespoke and unique example of glass and light in perfect unison.
These delightful glass balls are an important element of a much larger picture; just like the universe, all the planets, stars, galaxies and constellations come together to form one big cosmos. Just like the big bang, this chandelier is said to represent that notion, showcasing one galaxy of illuminated glass forms. The designer behind the project, Bořek Šípek, has re-imagined and interpreted the great expanse of sky above our heads into one bespoke and exclusive example of chandelier design.
This is one of those incredible examples that teach us never to judge a book by its cover. Produced during Milan Design Week 2014, Magnetic was created in collaboration with designer Libor Sošťák, and is so much more than just a bespoke chandelier. The concept of this installation is to show how glass and light are two deeply connected entities; as without light, glass has no meaning. Entranced, as though being led by the Pied Piper, as the light pendant moves, so does the hanging glass. To experience this installation fully, we would recommend viewing the hypnotic video here.