THE AUSTRIAN DESIGN BRAND AT SALONE DEL MOBILE:
It’s happening, ladies and gentlemen. Milan is once again the beating heart of the design scene this week with Salone del Mobile. There is plenty going on right now, from BUSTER + PUNCH unveiling new creations to Tom Dixon’s CUT taking centre stage, and yet the wonders don’t stop there.
This year, Austrian brand Lobmeyr is bringing some of its newest glass pieces to Milan. Beautiful things emerge from this company’s 200-year-old tradition and work with great designers and artisans.
Lobmeyr will be present at two events during Salone del Mobile this week.
Wallpaper* magazine has invited the brand to collaborate with German designer Sebastian Herkner for their Wallpaper* Handmade format, under the “Ritual” topic. The result is incredibly powerful yet refined and sensitive, focused on five vessels titled “Taking Care of Old Relatives”, of mankind’s most needed crop seeds.
SaloneSatellite, the so-called talent show of Salone del Mobile, is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with an exhibition comprised of the most successful connections made over the past two decades. Lobmeyr is part of the ensemble with its celebrated Ripple Light, designed by London-based Poetic Lab and with the Liquid Skin drinking bowl by Vienna-based LucyD – the latter also displayed in the MoMA design collection alongside Apple’s first iPod.
As part of our admiration for Lobmeyr and their superb glass designs, we’re pleased to highlight our #designpick in line with Salone del Mobile, and focus on everyday objects that make life beautiful and inspiring.
The “calabash vases” are simply stunning, designed by Sebastian Menschhorn last year. The calabash gourd has been used as a vessel for ages, and its extraordinary shape has inspired the creation of porcelain vases throughout the Baroque period. Menschhorn has played with that silhouette, breaking it down into two steps.
The result comes in the form of three vases that appear both as a group and as a single piece, available in subtle nuances of amethyst, rosalin and smoke.
The J&L Tumbler set was designed by BCXSY – Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto in 2014, and is a charming coupling of Joy and Love (hence the J&L). The design process came from an immersion into the exquisite Lobmeyr archives, with a particular focus on the Biedermeier friendship tumbler, and continued with the exploration of various decorative methods, including stone-wheel-cutting, engraving and sand-blasting. The result is a meeting of forms celebrating the purest of human bonds – love.
The Lily series, designed by KIM + HEEP some five years ago, consists of an elegant espresso and teacup set that draw us back to the bell-shaped form of the lily. According to Lobmeyr, entire books have been written about the colour of tea – so, why hide it? The Middle East has a long tradition of using glass vessels for tea, and Lobmeyr themselves have produced a plethora of tea and punch mugs back in the 19th century.
KIM + HEEP managed to prove that not only is the thin, lead-free crystal capable of bearing mechanical strain, it is also extremely resistant to changes in temperature. Thus, came to be this well-balanced and functional shape that somehow seems to perfectly blend into Josef Hoffmann’s celebrated “Patrician” series. As for the espresso cup, the heavy gilt brass saucer adds the gravitas of coffee to the subtle elegance of fine glass.
Don’t forget to visit Wallpaper*’s Handmade and the SaloneSatellite exhibitions to further explore the glass artistry and love of design that shape every single object signed Lobmeyr.
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