Every year without fail the manufacturers, producers and designer who work with glass wow the Milan Design Week attendees. This year was no exception with many of them having stand-alone installations, most notably the lighting manufacturers, but throughout Salone del Mobile and the various design districts glass was a material to be reckoned with. Founded in 2013 by Maurizio and Christian Mussati, WonderGlass combines traditional Italian craftsmanship with contemporary design, developed in collaboration with notable architects and designers, such as Marcel Wanders, Zaha Hadid, Hideki Yoshimoto, John Pawson and Jaime Hayon. At this years Milan Design Week, they showed two installations. At the Spazio Krizia building, a series of 30 moving lamps developed and crafted in collaboration with London based Raw Edges was the Horah installation. While at the Istituto dei Ciechi, Kosmos welcomed visitors to a glittering installation featuring the latest collaborations with Atelier Fornasetti, Studiopluz and the French duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Alcova collection featuring handcrafted geometric objects. Wonderglass at Milan Design Week was certainly a glass company with profile and impact.
Through the Clouds, designed by Atelier Fornasetti, takes its inspiration from a daydream. Set within a custom designed brass pavilion, delicate glass clouds floated overhead while obelisks protruded from the clouds. Produced by hand, Through the Clouds had all the hallmarks of the whimsical design that Fornasetti is known for.
By Raw Edges, the Horah installation which takes its name from the popular dance of Israeli origin, formed of 30 cast-glass lampshades crafted and engineered by WonderGlass, the limited edition works are available from Project B Gallery. The delicate fins of ridged glass were quite a sight when grouped together and the gentle pale green colour certainly got me a little bit excited.
Wonderglass at Milan Design Week certainly delivered, as the spaces were packed and the design crowd seemed to love it. If you’d like to see more of my Milan Design Week coverage take a look here.
Images by Leonardo Duggento for WonderGlass.