Growing Vases: a chance to see the light this weekend!
If Hallowe’en isn’t your cup of tea, this is your chance to escape the darkness this weekend as Mint prepares to wrap up ‘Growing Vases’ a design lighting installation by Japanese architectural and design studio Nendo for Czech Bohemian glass company Lasvit.
The installation, on at 2 North Terrace (Alexander Sq, London SW3 2BA) until Monday 31 October, takes on a playful nature exploring the impractical and the incomplete. The metal pipes used by the glass blower remain in the blown glass and are transformed into abstract flowers and branches, alluding to a whimsical glass forest breathing with life.
Nendo and Lasvit collaborated to create an art piece, which conveys the quixotic appeal of glass as something impractical and incomplete yet provides a breath of fresh air and opens up new possibilities. Created with Czech Bohemian glass, this lighting installation alludes to a whimsical glass forest filled with abstract flowers and branches.
The principle of a flower and a vase here is turned upside down. By turning the pipes into the flowers and branches and by blowing the glass into a vase, suddenly the vases are blooming from flowers instead of flowers blooming in vases! Growing Vases breaks conventions and symbolises the birth of life.
“We decided to take the brief in a playful direction, and to suggest both breathing and the incomplete by displaying the metal pipes used by glassblowers, still attached to the glass objects that they were used to make.” – Oki Sato
Lasvit, an SBID Professional Industry Partner, is a leading designer and manufacturer of bespoke contemporary light fittings and glass art installations for the world’s best hotels and other prestigious commercial or residential interiors. Lasvit offers a one-stop package starting from design to installation at site, as their main design and production facility is based in the Czech Republic, and supported by branch offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Dubai and London.
As testimony to our wealth of experience examples of our work can be seen at following destinations: Savoy Hotel London, Four Seasons Beverly Hills, Ritz-Carlton DIFC Hotel Dubai, Dubai metro stations or W Hotels in Hong Kong. Lasvit is also excited to announce the relocation of its London office to Shoreditch, London’s heart of architecture and design specialists. Examples of lighting design and glass sculptures that can be created by our designers and team will be showcased. www.lasvit.com
Japanese architectural and design studio, Nendo led by Oki Sato has quickly risen to fame through a series of exceptional multi-disciplinary projects and exhibitions in London, New York and Tokyo. Nendo’s work has featured in exhibitions by leading gallerists such as Friedman Benda, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Axis Gallery and Phillips de Pury at Saatchi Gallery. Recognised for their conceptual approach, their work is collected by the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Oki Sato’s philosophy is based upon the unconscious exclamation moments and how these moments enrich our daily lives.
“We’d like the people who’ve encountered Nendo’s designs to feel these small” ! “ moments intuitively. That’s Nendo’s job.” – Oki Sato
Established in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, one of the UK’s leading design curators, Mint is a world-renowned interiors shop famous for its cutting edge selection in contemporary design which is at the forefront of presenting new talent, and for its distinctive curating style. Mint aims to promote a stylish, elegant and comfortable mode of living through an inimitable and personal mix of interiors. Mint is regularly selected as one of the best design shops in the world.