How an old-fashioned brown café inspired the 'PHOENIX' lighting collection
'The calcedonio glass-making technique—adding oxides to glass for a marbled effect, resembling semiprecious chalcedony—was first used in Egypt during Roman times, and was re-discovered in Murano in the fifteenth century, by Angelo Barovier, arguably Murano’s greatest glassmaker. With changing fashions, this intricate technique almost got lost again, until it was revived in de mid-1800s by another Murano master, Lorenzo Radi. We took our inspiration to Italy and together with a family of Italian artisans, embarked on a process of trial and error in order to achieve the subtle, ton-sur-ton veining we were looking for. Through the ages, this glassblowing family had never discarded any of their wooden and metal moulds. We delved into their storeroom and started stacking different shapes into totem-like structures. The individually blown glass elements are interconnected with steel rings, which were given a bronze powder-coating. The resulting collection has the elegant, clean lines that bring this ancient technique bang up to date.'
Visser & Meijwaard
Visser & Meijwaard is the design studio of Steven Visser (1985) and Vera Meijwaard (1988) in Arnhem, The Netherlands, both of whom graduated from ArtEZ in product design.
They are ambitious, talented and have an interesting way of seeing the beauty in sometimes utterly mundane objects. An immense Berlage-esque cabinet was inspired by the unassuming lines of a simple grey plastic crate. And their strikingly beautiful Bombé screen for Linteloo harks back to none-too-interesting garden chair cushions. They are able to see aesthetics where none were intended, retrieve them, enlarge them and turn them into something quite extraordinary.
Visser & Meijwaard’s work ranges from interior to conceptual design, and from presentation to set design. Their versatility and unique outlook is quickly gaining them international acclaim.