This new series, COLLECTIBLE In-Depth, unveils the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of collectible design on the global design market, COLLECTIBLE In-Depth offers different views to suit all tastes. Today we speak with Glass Variations.
COLLECTIBLE: What can collectible design bring to the daily lives of the people who collect?
Glass Variations: Glass Variations is a new comer in collectible design, editing exclusive and contemporary glass furniture collections, manufactured in France.
We don’t oppose functional art and collectible design since our audacious masterpieces were conceived together with designers to bring the unique experience of glass in the daily lives of collectors.
The pure and ethereal design of MONOLOG invisible chair was also designed to ensure a comfortable seating. Bina Baitel’s SUBLIME Ottomans bring together the softness of a cushion and the transparency of the glass-structure. The half-column legs in curved and grooved three-layer laminated glass are handcrafted and UV bonded in Glass Variations workshops.
At the heart of our homes, the transparency and poetic reflections of glass bring light and free space for body and spirit.
C: Can you talk about the designers you present at COLLECTIBLE this year, what makes their practice/pieces unique?
Edouard Danais and Gwendal Le Bihan, founders of Exercice contacted Glass Variations because they were eager to work glass. They relied on our know-how to conceive the MONOLOG collection with a very geometric design and a total priority to glass as the sole material.
Where the originality of the design is essential for some designers, Exercice proves that the singularity of an object can come from an accomplished collaboration giving priority to the material in all its purity.
Bina Baitel, a multiple award-winning designer designed her SUBLIME Ottomans and the HELIA collection with a table lamp, a sidetable, a sellette or a console. Visiting Glass Variations’ workshop near Lyon, Bina had an immediate crush for the elegant, linear textured Flute glass and designed the curved legs as delicate pillars for glass tops.
HELIA as “burst of sunshine” combines lines, curves and clear, satin finished or tinted glass to better enhance light and its reflections.
Bina Baitel imagined the SUBLIME ottomans for her collection as an allegory to light and a true challenge with glass material. These masterpieces with half-column legs in curved and grooved three-layer laminated glass are handcrafted and UV bonded in Glass Variations workshops.
C: Can you talk about a new piece / collection that you release for COLLECTIBLE this year?
Exercice presents the MONOLOG collection :
“Considered as warm in architecture, glass is often perceived as cold and not suitable for everyday use in the design world. It is, however, a material with exceptional capabilities that creates an impression of purity and finesse, of ethereal lightness. The graphic interest brought by the superposition of glass-layers and transparencies led us to develop a very geometric design for this MONOLOG collection with free-form mirrors, the invisible chair, the low table and a long shelving unit in smoked glass, acquired by Mobilier National. »
BINA BAITEL presents SUBLIME and HELIA concieved in collaboration with Glass Variations at Collectible :
HELIA collection - Table lamp, console, sellette and side-table
“Here, each element plays in its own way with the notion of superimposition by varying textures, colors and transparency. In a graphic and sculptural expression, the formal design shapes the light as if it were a material on its own. »
SUBLIME by Bina Baitel
Ottoman S, M and XL
“The Ottoman SUBLIME highlights the double reading offered by its name. The word sublime, from the Latin sublimis, «which goes up» or «which stands in the air», refers here both to the impression of levitation of the cushion enhanced by the transparency of the glass, and to the idea of the sublime in the sense of what transcends reality to become an object of wonder. »
About Glass Variations
Delivering a unique experience through audacious pieces of glass furniture imagined by the best designers is the challenge chosen by Glass Variations.
Glass Variations is a French new editor in glass furniture proposing exclusive and contemporary design collections, manufactured in France and conceived through collaboration with talented designers. Our latest collections, SUBLIME, HELIA and MONOLOG demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of glass and bring glass furniture together with the world of luxury.
Glass Variations was born within Cevino Glass, an independent group of glass processing companies. Our craftsmanship combines the most modern equipment with the perfect mastery of traditional glassworking techniques.
All pieces are manufactured in France on demand in the workshops of Miroiteries Dubrulle, established near Lille since 1926 or LUKORA, near Lyon, which has been working with curved glass over a century. The UV bonding carried out by our master glassmakers makes it possible to assemble by hand and in a totally invisible way pieces of tempered, colored printed, curved or laminated glass for an unprecedented result.
The singularity of Glass Variations is to offer the freedom to customize the pieces by choosing from the glass variations offered.