LIGHT BLOWING 2017
This year at Light Blowing, an exhibition making its debut in 2017 – WonderGlass presents:
Nao Tamura - Flow[T] - a contemporary chandelier inspired by the colours of the Venetian lagoon and customised to the desires of each owner. Each piece enjoys its own shape, and in multiples, they create a sculptural display of lighting.
Nendo – Komori - A chandelier reminiscent of a colony of bats hanging upside-down from a tree branch or the ceiling of a cave. Evenly-spaced glass shades blown by Murano glass artisans enclose LEDs, and cast their light downwards.
Zaha Hadid – Luma - a sculptural composition of tubular segments which subtly diffuse light through organic shapes to effortlessly celebrate the unrivalled logic and beauty found in nature. Each individual segment to the piece was hand-blown in Murano.
Light Blowing – Light Blowing is a group exhibition curated by Ilaria Ruggiero and Samantha Punis that presents the richness and complexity of lighting production in hand blown glass today.
The exhibition includes nine of the world’s best glass artisans and takes place in the new and revolutionary space Murano Gallery LUab 4.0.
Opening during the inaugural Venice Glass Week; an international festival dedicated to promote the treasured glass art industry in Venice from September 10–17, Light Blowing will run until Sunday November 12.
Light Blowing Exhibition
10th September to 12th November 2017
Murano Gallery LUab 4.0
Calle Vivarini 6⁄a
WOHA + WONDERGLASS
This September at Maison et Objet Paris, WonderGlass premieres in collaboration with WOHAbeing:
Oli - Inspired by ancient Hindu and Buddhist sacred geometry and architecture, this contemporary lighting system in glass and bronze provides beautiful possibilities from a single lamp glowing in the darkness to complex assemblages floating in space.
WOHAbeing – Singapore-based WOHA, founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell in 1994, have gained global recognition for their integration of environmental and social principles at every stage of the design process.
Working as urban designers, architects, interior and product designers, WOHA seek to create delight at all scales through humane and sustainable environments.
Selected by Maison et Objet as the “2017 Designer of the Year Asia”, WOHA’s new design brand WOHAbeing will be making its international debut at the September 2017 show of Maison et Objet Paris.
The WOHA pavilion will feature six separate homeware collections of furniture, rugs, lights, bathware and tableware combining their self-produced range and collaborations with leading designers including WonderGlass’ newest piece Oli, described by Wallpaper as “a highlight of the WOHA pavilion”.
Maison et Objet Paris
8th - 12th September 2017
Hall 7, Stand D100/E99
Paris Nord Villepinte
This year at Salone del Mobile - WonderGlass presented:
Marcel Wanders - Calliope - The sculptural new collection, gracefully creates spatial and versatile light installations when clustered or by itself. Marcel Wanders: “We designed this lighting system to be poetic. From overhead, it captures attention as it inspires the imagination”. Gabriele Chiave, creative director at Marcel Wanders: “Marrying an element of ancient Asian culture with free moving parts has resulted in a product that embodies both classic and contemporary design.”
Nao Tamura - Fluid is inspired by the moment when the sun hits the surface of a lagoon and how this creates a lens fallout in water. Tamura is particularly inspired by how this effect captures a ‘spark’ and turning this into a source of light.
Hideki Yoshimoto - Rise and Drift focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles and the refraction of light. Supported by WonderLab, the laboratory of innovation and technology at WonderGlass - Yoshimoto challenged the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials, resulting in a mesmerising visual effect.
Existing peices by Dan Yeffet - Hollow and Zaha Hadid - Luma will also be on display in the palazzo space.
4th - 9th April 2017
RISE AND DRIFT
WonderGlass celebrates Maison & Objet 2017 with installation “Rise and Drift” by Tangent, which focuses on the organic shapes of water bubbles and the refraction of light. Tangent have also explored the complex way light transmits and reflects inside different materials.
WonderGlass also previewed Luma by Zaha Hadid - a sculptural composition of tubular segments which subtly diffuse light through organic shapes which effortlessly celebrate the unrivalled logic and beauty found in nature. Each individual segment in the piece has been handblown in Murano.
Momento Edition design by Nao Tamura showcased at Luminaire on the occasion of the design exhibition “GlasLove”, a charity auction to benefit Braman Breast Cancer Institute in Miami.
Momento Edition design by Nao Tamura showcased at Chamber Gallery on the occasion of the design exhibition "Progressland", curated by Andrew Zuckerman.
May / August 2016.
515 W. 23RD Street
The artist, Nicola Magrin, adds his own essence – ethereal watercolours inspired by WonderGlass’ DNA – to the installation "Luce e Materia". Light breaks are vibrant element in his art: with its glass creations WonderGlass similarly brings through its own “Luce”.
21TH CENTURY. DESIGN AFTER DESIGN
The exhibition Sempering, curated by Cino Zucchi, focuses on matter, technology and form. The concept is based on the four categories coined 150 years ago by Gottfied Semper in an essay dedicated to the basic elements of an ideal house used as an archetype of architecture beyond place and time. Here the categories have been increased to eight: stacking, weaving, folding, connecting, molding, blowing, engraving, and tiling, and constitute a grid through which to interpret contemporary architecture and design.
MUDEC - Museum of Cultures
Via Tortona, 36 - MILAN, 20144
02nd April/12th September
JAMES IRVINE: UN INGLESE A MILANO
Created by Maria Cristina Didero and Marco Sammicheli.
MUSEO DEL 900, Milan
"The act of living and working needs a balance between the roots and the visions: these are the reasons why James Irvine decided to move to Milan after being educated in the United Kingdom. Irvine’s design is clearly British but with some relevant infused elements of Italian project culture. Milan, art, architecture, and a few places have become a network of endless inspiration: the city itself an ethnographic field evolving from a personal mania to a concept, and finally to industrial design products."
Bar Basso remembered the late and great James Irvine with a new gin and tonic glass designed by Michael Young. Michael Young designed a gin & tonic tumbler glass in memory of his good friend. The project by Maria Cristina Didero and Maurizio Stoccheto has created Chelsea Boy, a clean and functional Wonderglass tumbler; a memory of the creative designer who left us all too soon. This was a unique opportunity to toast James’s brilliance in the city he called home.
Nao Tamura interprets an immediate dialogue between nature and technology – her new creation captures the very moment of a water-drop falling from a leaf. Momento freezes that instant of ephemeral beauty and turns it into a source of light.
Zaha Hadid endorses the traditional techniques of glass craftsmanship, her creation named Luma explores solutions for futuristic and stylish projects. This seamless dialogue of subtle and elegant refractions onto organic surfaces is magnified by the presence of the statement piece Swarm.
WonderGlass is pleased to launch Calimero by Dan Yeffet, a surprising yet familiar chandelier. This new concept looks towards the future and seduces with the reminiscence of a machinery - a tribute to industrial lamps as well as luminous spheres from the past.
WonderGlass co-founder Christian Mussati interviewed by Design Émotionnel during Design Days 2014 at Palais de Tokyo talking of the WonderGlass creations and Flow[T].
The striking installation presents two editions of the iconic Flow[T] lighting system by Nao Tamura. The group of 30 hand-finished glass designs creates a surreal, magical atmosphere with subtle colours and a dreamlike play of light that captures the imagination.
PALAIS DE TOKYO
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
19th/25th May 2014
Midday – Midnight; closed on Tuesdays
Art and Architecture
Revealing three ambitious new designs set in a beautiful Italian palazzo, experimental lighting design studio WonderGlass celebrates its first anniversary at the Salone del Mobile.
Since the official launch in 2013, WonderGlass has continued to draw on the time-honoured expertise of Venetian master glassblowers, introducing contemporary collaborations with both young and internationally renowned artists.
MAISON & OBJET
Wonderglass celebrates Maison & Objet 2014 with a showcase featuring Flow[T] by Nao Tamura, Black Bat by Nendo and Masquerade by Jaime Hayon.
Flow[T] has also been selected by Elizabeth Leriche to be part of "Landscape" exhibition – an invitation only selection of design concepts located in Hall 7.
ELSEWHERE IN NATURE
An invitation to distant inner journeys. A desire to get away and a wish for openness to the world are animating design and the art of living. Traveling coolness is looking for new lands, unseen vistas, far-off spots where adventure and wonder are at hand. Globetrotters and nomads, amblers and bushwhackers are heading out to discover the Other and sketching the shifting cartography of a mobile, fluid, cosmopolitan and more human world. Guaranteed disorientation.
LANDSCAPE by Elizabeth Leriche
The soothing contemplation of landscapes feeds our gaze and our mind. A quest for getaways, for higher ground is opening the doors of creativity. We are transcribing the reverie of a poetic, sensitive nature. Between the force of material things and evanescent lightness, between immenseness and microcosms, a physical and spiritual escape is teleporting our imaginations toward new horizons. Travel logs in lands of feeling.
WonderGlass co-founder Maurizio Mussati interviewed by Domus during Salone Milano.
For its official launch in Milan WonderGlass drew upon the time-honoured experience of Venetian master glass-blowers and the contemporary touch offered by international designers, capable of interpreting the beauty of glass in a spectacular, innovative manner paired with the most advanced technological research on lighting.
WonderGlass' production traces an imaginary journey through Venice: Jaime Hayon stages a contemporary carnival with traditional masks, Nao Tamura encounterd a multitude of buoys floating on the horizon while Nendo uses light to describe the appearance of shadows lurking behind the hidden corners of the Venetian “calle”, whereas Zaha Hadid creates a flock of crystals.
ISTITUTO DEI CIECHI
Via Vivaio, 7 - MILAN, 20122
9th/14th April 2013
10.00 - 20.00