FRAGILE is a project born from the great talent of two young glass lovers and makers Maya and Denis.
How were you commissioned?:
FRAGILE is a collaboration between two Glass Makers and our meddle studio.
What was the brief from the client and how much were they involved?:
No Brief - a genuine collaboration.
How did the brief affect the materials and design choices?:
Being inspired by a material that support's of their daily activities, they used bubble wrap as the main concept for experimenting with in a new process that through trial and error bore the definition and design of their new concept.
Can you explain the layout of the project:
The glass - in its liquid stage - is flexible, easy to shape, like Bubble Wrap that is usually used to protect fragile items: a bubble wrap made by glass with a solid shape becomes fragile for one time only.
What problems or challenges did you face?:
We document the crafting process visible at https://vimeo.com/126595317 Being inspired by a material that support's of their daily activities, Maya and Denis the two glass makers discover the bubble wrap as main element for experimenting with in a new process that through a process of trial and error bore the definition and design of their new concept.
What do you feel were the most unusual design elements of the project?:
The final result is an incredible verisimilitude, wherever the art is placed it invites the viewer to touch and explore, a concrete physical interaction that is unusual due to the fragile nature of the glass, a material which creates an detached contemplation.
How do you think this project is pushing design forward? What makes it special?:
At meddle studio we bring together people with meaningful stories to tell and ask them to share what they believe in, in order to attract other like-minded individuals. Our mission is to spread awareness of independent and highly talented Italian creatives, artists, local craftsmen, designers and all those passionate and dedicated people who - starting with their beliefs - have the ability to inspire a global audience and find others who inspire them. We've made it our mission to get people everywhere to meddle into other people's universes and discover things they're doing, which are a one-of-a-kind proof of what they believe. FRAGILE project is only the beginning of our journey.
Suppliers Please provide details of product names and suppliers where possible.
This project born from the great talent of two young glass lovers and makers Maya and Denis. A partnership in work and also in romance they met each other attending the Bolzano's Academy when both have started to study and create this beautiful art. After completing their studies they shaped their dream into a reality and opened a Laboratory where the Made in Italy school is the driver for their creations and work and Glass MaDe is subsequently born in Belluno, Dolomiti - Italy. If you want to download more assets please consider the following links-: FRAGILE design pictures : CRAFTING and PROCESS pictures :
FRAGILE - Technical details
Small: size 23 cm x 37 cm Large : size 41 cm x 41 cm
Glass : COE 104
Method : Kiln casting, cold worked and slumped.