Design – Abrakadabra, a word that in the communal imagination signals mystical incantation, is here a tribute to the magic of glass, its transfigurative power, and the spectacular craftsmanship. “Glass has been conceived and presented to its fullest potential in all its manifestations, from art to design, from architecture to fashion.” Adds Christian Mussati, Founder of WonderGlass.
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“Abrakadabra not only explores the vitreous material in visual culture but also celebrates it as the DNA of WonderGlass: the expert techniques animating their furnaces and workshops in the Venetian region.” Explains the exhibition’s curator Jean Blanchaert.
Paul Cocksedge celebrates the magical alchemy of glassmaking with the Wander triptych. The designer injected transparent glass droplets with invisible chemicals that seem to cross-fade from shade to shade when set in front of a white light that imperceptibly changes intensity.
Venetia by Elisa Ossino is inspired by the colors and glow of the lagoon and the city from which it takes its name. The designer created sheets of glass tiles, perforated and ‘magically sewn’ together as if they were textile patches.
Kimera is a utopia that is impossible to finalise as it constantly evolves. It symbolises a mythological creature made up of contrasting animals, such as a snake, goat, and lion. From here, Studiopluz created a lamp fusing different techniques and materials, from highly technological, to fascinatingly ancient, like the filigree blown glass.
Dan Yeffet has created Bouchon, a series of handmade blown glass geometric side tables inspired by the shapes of bottle caps, a waste object that in this collection is infused with a new aesthetic value. Inspired by Japanese temples, the Chain Side Table by Laura Bethan Wood comprises interlocked yellow donut bricks.
The Taliso coffee table by Elena Salmistraro is all about overlapping and interlocking. Cast glass sheets, cylinders, and planes create an architectural composition based on colour and transparency.
John Pawson played with the tactile properties of glass to create the simple Berg tables. Slump table lamp by Tom Dixon is a triumph of texture richness on a bespoke glass base. The mould is specifically manufactured to bend the matter into a curved single-glass fit.
All photos by Antonio Manago, courtesy of WonderGlass.