Brand new designs from the Czech lighting masters
Founded in 2007, Lasvit is a contemporary lighting designer and manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. At last week’s iSaloni, the company presented their latest collection that features the likes of Daniel Libeskind, Arik Levy and Maarten Baas.
Particularly fascinating was the pendant light Frozen designed by the company’s artistic director Maxim Velčovský designed Frozen. Made by pouring molten glass over a cone-shaped mold and letting it cool, Frozen perfectly mimics melting ice. It was even displayed with drips of water running from the edges to further enhance the illusion.Daniel Libeskind‘s Ice chandelier was formed by blowing glass into angular molds to create geometric shapes that are modular and can be installed as the user wishes. The shapes also act as prisms that capture light, giving an inner brilliance.
Dutch designer Maarten Baas (of Grandmother clock fame) took a modern twist on a familiar shape with his Das Pop chandelier. The design is based on his Clay Furniture series that he started in 2006. Hand-blown glass and twisty, clay-covered arms with visible fingertip imprints join together to create a rough edge to the refined aesthetic.
Another favorite from the collection is Israeli designer Arik Levy‘s Crystal Rock pendant light. Playing with transparency and weight, its form is extraterrestrial. The gravity-defying design seems suspended in time.
Other designs in the collection include a variety of sculptural light installations from Lasvit’s internal team, the Clover series by Hong Kong-based designer Michael Young and the lovely marriage of wood and glass in Moulds by the Czech design duo Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus.