A fragile liquid. A transparent solid. A brittle fluid. Glass is not just transparent, it reflects and refracts, it colors and projects the light passing through it for often dazzling effects. Glass is a paradoxical material that embodies a myriad of apparent contradictions.
Now at Luminaire Lab, a new exhibition looks at the range of intriguing designs made possible by these unique material properties. Displayed in the Miami Design District showroom’s front windows, Material Paradox | Glas Italia highlights the Italian brand’s unbridled passion for glass manufacturing and design.
Established in the Brianza region of Italy in the early 1970s, Glas Italia produces modern furniture, wall dividers, doors, and accessories, that draw on the long heritage, experience, and technical know-how of a century-old family glass factory. Through the years, Glas Italia has followed an evolutionary process through focused development of its collection. Research and design of the crystal glass material employ the most highly advanced technologies and increasingly complex manufacturing processes.
Glas Italia has collaborated with many prestigious international designers, including Piero Lissoni, Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo, and Patricia Urquiola – all of whom are featured in the latest exhibition. These designers witness the realization of their creative ideas and inspiration rendered with the unique strengths of the brand. These distinctive and exquisite objects are united in their refinement and originality and create a compelling meditation on material, design, and fabrication.