In 1970, Glas Italia was born in Lombardy, on the southern edge of the Alps. Whether it was fifty years ago or now, this area is Italy's leading industrial area, and it ranks first among Italian furniture production areas. The famous Italian art critic Umberto Eco once said: “If other countries have a unique design concept, Italy has a unique design philosophy and a complete design industry chain." The sincere enthusiasm of crystal furniture, with pure crystal furniture to lay a world in Lombardy. For fifty years, Glas Italia has maintained enthusiasm and self-confidence, focusing on the design and production of glass furniture, from a home glass workshop to the light of Italian design.
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01 Glas's Way of Glass
02 Glas and four designers
03 Glas space case
The Way of Glass in Glas
OLAFUR ELIASSON. A VIEW BECOMES A WINDOW
The philosopher Mossi Morton described art as: "The unspeakable openness of things." Chinese translated as "道隐无名"(The Tao is hidden，and has no name；but it is the Tao which is skilful at imparting and making them complete), this term was also used by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in the title of his work and solo exhibition. The four words"道隐无名"come from Lao Zi's "Tao Te Ching"-"Da Fang Wu Yu; Da Qi is late blooming; Da Yin Xi Sheng; elephant is invisible; Dao Yin has no name."
Among many materials, the characteristics of glass just confirm this sentence. Glass seems simple, but the production process is very complicated; glass is a solid, but it is the most transparent, and it looks like it has no shape.
Olafur Eliasson loves to use glass, mirrors and warm lighting to create works. These simple and fragile elements are suitable for indoor art works. Although his works are surprisingly complicated in form, his presentation meaning is very simple.
In the work "Blind Pavilion", he uses black and transparent glass as the main material. When the audience stands in the center of the work, the black glass panel will block the view of the outside world from the pavilion, as if the pavilion is "blind" Up.
Also keen to create with glass, there is furniture brand Glas Italia.
Glas is just the word ‘glass’ in Italian, and Glas Italia means glass in Italy. What kind of existence does a design company that dare to name its brand a country?
The characteristics of glass are the simplest and easiest to understand. Even non-design professionals can grasp its characteristics such as transparency, purity, and fragility. It is also because of these characteristics that the design of glass is also It is more difficult to master and break through.
How to win by the crisp and pure texture of glass?
This is the biggest problem in glass furniture design. Many glass furniture will work hard on the craftsmanship and ignore the relationship between the furniture and the environment. Glas Italia not only retains the characteristics of glass, but also allows these furniture to be integrated into the environment without much effort. From the image of thickness to color, to the shadow left by light passing through the glass, the designers chosen by Glas Italia pay great attention to the success or failure of details. Designers of different nationalities have developed wild imaginations under the restriction of the ‘use of glass’. In addition, Glas Italia has a high level of proficiency in making glass. With the help of Glas Italia, each piece of glass opened their way.
Glas and four designers
Patricia Urquiola is the queen of mix-and-match in the design world, she never sticks to any style. Her design strives to make breakthroughs both in terms of materials and styles, and is extremely creative and individual.
In cooperation with Glas Italia, Patricia Urquiola used color as her main way to explore glass furniture. She gradually discovered that the transparency and purity of glass can be reinterpreted in a variety of ways-the interweaving and overlapping colored lines of different shapes create ever-changing dynamic graphics effects.
This makes Patricia Urquiola's design more experimental: in the Shimmer series, the special rainbow colors give the furniture a magical, ethereal appearance.
The L.A.Sunset series makes people feel the state of gas flow, showing the magnificent colors of Los Angeles at sunset.
The Liquefy series literally means liquefaction. This side is almost the same as its name, because the tempered glass has a glittering effect, giving people the illusion of a pool.
Patricia Urquiola is inspired by the different effects of different light reflected on ripples and water. The texture and color on the tempered glass can be viewed in different positions, with different effects and dynamics. Ethereal and charming, this amazing work can bring a magical feeling to any indoor space.
Philippe Starck from France is an internationally renowned creator, designer and architect. His profound understanding of contemporary mutations and determination to change the world, his anticipated attention to environmental impact, and love of ideas, are accompanied by one iconic creation after another. From daily necessities such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, independent windmills, electric bicycles, to hotels and restaurants.
Boxinbox, as its name suggests, is designed to look like a box in another, with a 5+5mm hot-melt outer glass sandwich. The built-in transparent colored glass serves as the second space for storage.
Ronan& Erwan Bouroullec
The two brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec are known as one of the most unconventional designers in France. They were born in France in 1971 and 1976 respectively. Ronan started working as an independent designer immediately after graduating from the art school, and Erwan, who is still in school, has been assisting him. Since 1999, the brothers have been working together in their Paris design studio. They started with practical small objects and then made architectural projects, slowly focusing their work on the design of interior spaces.
In 2014, the two brothers collaborated with Glas Italia for the first time. They designed a series of furniture called'Diapositive', including workbenches, benches and a small, colorful, ultra-light glass bookcase, all of which were heat welded. Made of glass. In order to avoid the fragility of glass furniture, the two brothers chose a wooden frame as the edge of the furniture. Natural gray wood or dark brown oak paneling was used in the desktop department. The cable outlet underneath greatly increased this workbench. Office properties.
In 2016, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec brought another stool called ‘Nesting’ to Glas Italia. This glass stool gives people the illusion of plastic or candy. Two designers deliberately made it old to create a rough sense of time on the surface of the stool. The stool surface and stool legs of different colors can be combined freely. Because of the transparency of the material, the stool surface and stool legs of different colors can be combined to create ever-changing colors.
In the subsequent cooperation, the two brothers also designed mirrors, screens and other furniture for Glas Italia.
In addition to the aforementioned European designers, Glas Italia has also collaborated with many Asian designers, and Naoto Fukasawa is one of them.
Naoto Fukasawa summed up his design concept as "unconscious design", also known as "intuitive design". His concept coincides with the design concept that Glas Italia has always been proud of. Glas Italia advocates "no trace of extra decorative elements", while Naoto Fukasawa advocates: "Use the fewest elements (upper and lower tolerances are ± 0) to show all the functions of the product."
In 2017, Naoto Fukasawa brought a glass bench to Glas Italia. This bench is made of 12 cm thick transparent exterior glass, with a natural and simple appearance. The curvature of this stool makes it look very strange in shape. The special curve and tempering process make this bench have extraordinary load resistance. In the manufacturing process, Glas Italia uses a tempering process to strengthen it. Hard.
Industrialism and minimalism are sensibly combined on this curved bench. Although it seems to be just bending a piece of glass into a bench, there is an invisible design and manufacturing behind it. As Naoto Fukasawa said: "Transform unconscious actions into visible things." This kind of unconsciousness is not really unconscious to participate, but people know that they need something, but have not yet realized what they want. , And what Naoto Fukasawa pays attention to are the details of life about the "unconscious" that people have neglected.
In today's highly developed industrial design, many designers try to deny the customary design and use their own ideas to create a new way of life. What designers should do more is to pay attention to some details that others have not noticed, enlarge these details, and inject them into the original product. This change is sometimes greater than creating a new product. Glas Italia's co-designers, starting from the most fundamental characteristics of glass, can allow bright light to fill the interior space and blend perfectly with the environment.
Glas space case
Ins blogger Ksdewinter likes to hang colorful decorative paintings and various exquisite plants in his home. The Liquefy coffee table is low-key and does not steal the spotlight. Any plants and other furniture accessories are in line with it. The rippling water pattern on the top adds a sense of modernity. The water pattern of different colors under different light, like those paintings she loves, brings a sense of relaxation like psychedelic rock.
Picture from T Magazine Nov. 17, 2019
In this 60s house in Portland, the design is surrealist, with bright colors, artworks, shapes and furniture with special colors. In the living room, there is a Shimmer series coffee table designed by Patricia Urquiola, glass The transparent material adds spirituality to the entire space, while the reflection echoes the color collocation of the entire space.
Canopy House is located under a big plane tree in a residential street in the heart of Melbourne. In the center of the living room, Glas Italia’s Atlantis tavoli bassi was chosen, as if invisible in the space, and this series of low tables made of 6 mm tempered glass panels glued together. Purity, solemnity and fine craftsmanship are the main characteristics of this high table.
From his home in Beverly Hills, California, the Commodore storage cabinet designed by Piero Lissoni uses striped and lattice printed glass, as well as mirror paint details. Sliding doors run on plexiglass tracks, revealing the ultra-light shelves inside. The lattice stripe pattern and the texture created by the sliding door are the only decoration on the surface: the simple design and classic elegance perfectly match the designer's iconic style.
Compared with other glass brands, Glas Italia has a skilled and advanced glass production technology. Under this condition, the designer's imagination can be maximized. While ensuring the comfort of users, it can also enable these Designers realize their dreams. This is the "Tao" that Glas Italia realized on the journey of producing furniture.