Glass manufacturer Bomma chose six Czech designers to create the collection of seven lights, which fuse traditional design with modern techniques and technologies. Named “Contemporary Design Meets Brutalist Architecture”, the collection was photographed inside the Czech Embassy in Berlin. The Collection is made up of the following designs (in the same order as the images appear on the left):
The collection was inspired by simple shapes: a circle, a triangle, a rectangle and an oval. The term phenomenon comes from the Greek word for “appearance”. The forms are what you see on first sight. In Plato’s idealist philosophy, phenomena are transient, likenesses of the eternal, perfect Forms and so are not truly real. This seems very fitting for a collection made in a material that is so difficult yet versatile, so strong yet fragile as glass.
Combining an ancient shape with a strong focus on its material – crystal Lantern seems ephemeral. While almost not there, yet a strong piece of design, it is simultaneously traditional and contemporary.
Varying colors, transparency and continuously changing shapes – the characteristic features of a soap bubble inspired this collection. Each piece is freely hand-blown, no moulds are used, each is different in shape and colour.
Shibari is not just a technique of tying up object with ropes, it is a way of communication within a hidden system of lines and loops. The Japanese call it Kinbaku: the beauty of tight binding.
We like to put crystal glass into a dramatic situation such as the bondage is. Just to express more of the fragile and the romantic nature of this material. The beauty of the contradiction… tied up romance.
Ignis is an archetypal lamp with a modern spirit. Pure crystal is combined with precise cut pattern as a lampshade to reach a delicate aesthetics of these two components. Ignis means “fire” in Latin – pure and elegant.
The giant TIM domes were originally created to house TIM Burton’s movie characters in his Prague exhibition. The TIM lights followed and became an instant success at Salone del Mobile 2015. They are freely handblown weighing up to 30 kg and measuring up to 750 mm – a dimension very few glassmakers in the world can achieve.
The DISC collection follows the idea of the TIM pendant with its exceptionally large amount of mouth-blown crystal. However, this time the round shape is defined by a mold. With its minimalistic design, fine materials and details, it gives the impression of something elementary and close, at the same time something unknown, mysterious and unique. Combining crystal with metal, DISC resembles a real space lighting object.