A testament to lightness and transparency, visually appealing yet functionally robust, the magic of Glas Italia products lie in dramatic plays of light and color and an ethereal sense of sublime weightlessness marked by a striking eye for detail and thoughtful use of advanced technologies, all stemming from an undying passion and love for glass, a material that with care and expertise moves the soul with aesthetic purity and clean sophistication. From doors to wall partitions, decorative accessories to desks, bookcases, mirrors, seating, shelving and tables made entirely of glass, Glas Italia offers innovative solutions for the home, office, and contract sectors, bringing the wonderous and enchanting power of glass to living and work spaces across the globe for a rich experience of visual pleasure and stunning utility, at once inspiring and utterly transcendent.
What began as a small family business in 1972 in the Brianza furniture district of Italy has over the years become a beacon of good, well-balanced, and thought-provoking design on five continents and over 100 countries, internationally recognized for work that is innovative and remarkably well-made, imbuing joy and a profound sense of reflective well-being to the lives it touches, pioneering in effect and spectacular in emotional depth. Steeped in Italian design practices of the Lombardy region, Glas Italia skillfully combines established traditions of Italian craftsmanship with contemporary needs and desires, uniting design and technology, the past and the present, with cunning finesse and bespoke harmony, producing pieces that are replete with elegance, originality, and meticulous formal quality.
With visionary production techniques and an aesthetic that embarks on a detailed study of shapes and colors, lights and glares, Glas Italia has attracted an impressive roster of collaborators, including some of the most reputable designers living today. Alessandro Mendini, Claudio Silvestrin, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Ettore Sotsass, Jasper Morrison. Jean Nouvel, Jean Marie Massaud, Johanna Grawunder, Mario Bellini, Michele De Lucchi, Naoto Fukasawa, Nendo, Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Tokujin Yoshioka, and Piero Lissoni, who has worked with the company as Art Director since 2004, are just a few of the personalities making emotionally rousing work written in glass today.
Radiating both commercial and critical success, notable Glas Italia products have also received numerous awards and accolades over the years. In 2014, the Luminous collection designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and marked by sophisticated techniques of crystal processing and three-dimensional gluing earned the Compasso d’Oro, the most prestigious award granted to contemporary design. Winner of the Interior Innovation Award – German Design Council 2009 and Mention of Honor at the XXII Compasso d’Oro ADI in 2011, Piero Lissoni’s Oscar table is seductive, made of extra light, transparent glass, basking in lightness and purity with a blend of strength and frailty characterized by formal cleanness. In 2020, Patricia Urquiola and Glas Italia were honored with the Design Award for her series Bisel, composed of crystals in varied colors with beveled edges that offer a captivating dance of light and shade.
An emblem of form and function, dramatic appeal and weightlessness, Glas Italia is a brand that reimagines the refinement and transparency of crystal through a considerate application of light and almost universal allure, for functional pieces that arrest our minds and our senses with charmed delight and breathtaking charisma, an experience in glass that transcends hopes and exceeds expectations.
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