When creating its products, CLARESCO Glass exclusively uses traditional glassmaking, the techniques and processes that made Bohemian crystal world renowned. Bohemian crystal by CLARESCO Glass is, without exception, lead-free glass, produced by hand-blowing and decorated by top artists in Bohemia. Minor variations in both the shapes of the product and décor are proof of individual manual production. These small imperfections are precisely the signs of the hand-made crystal’s exceptionality.
When a shape is designed, a wooden mold is hand-carved by an expert mold-maker based on the technical drawing. Each piece is then mouth-blown into the wooden mold using a blowing pipe.
CLARESCO Glass uses the following techniques for decorating Bohemian hand-blown crystal:
Hand Engraving is considered the finest glass decoration technique applied to glass. A décor is outlined onto each individual glass, and subsequently artfully hand engraved by expert craftsmen using several different wheel types, ranging from diamond to copper and stone. The creation of one décor on a glass involves several different wheel diameters as well as types. The final production of a single glass may take hours to complete. Each piece in the CLARESCO Bohemian Crystal Collection is therefore a true original artifact.
This nearly overlooked technique originated in the 19th century and produces patterns of frosted appearance. A special sandblasting stencil is created, based on the design drawing. The stencil is then carefully hand-applied onto each piece and finally ground by hand, using a pistol with pressurized sand in its sandblasting chamber. As each glass is mouth-blown individually, no two glasses are of the same exact dimensions. As a result, each stencil must be hand-adjusted specifically for each and every piece! Only the most skilled professionals can execute this complicated procedure.
When glass is cut, its surface is decorated using cutting wheels, typically according to an outlined stencil or a template. This technique is used particularly in glass with a high content of lead oxide, causing the material to soften and become easier to cut. After the cutting, each glass is soaked in a chemical bath which achieves its high gloss and luster.
Painting on glass is one of the oldest artistic techniques that lifted the quality of surface decoration of glass to a higher esthetic level. Glassmaking paints are applied with brushes but can also be sprayed or applied using the silk screen print. After application they are fired in a furnace.
Glazing is a production process during which particles of copper or silver are infused in the glass. The glass is first covered by a glazing mixture that releases metal ions into the glass and colors it. Thus glazed glass can further be decorated by engraving or cutting.
During etching, the desired décor is achieved by allowing an acid in an etching bath to affect the material on all parts of the glass other than those covered by its protective layer. Etching may also be used to achieve a matting effect.
During metal-coating, very delicate layers of metal surface are applied onto the glass. The technique during which a layer of pure gold or platinum is applied to the glass is called high enamel. The glass is fired in furnaces after application of the metal coating.
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With a nod to Harry Bertoia, the Dischi table is both sculptural as it is functional. Amazingly stable as a table surface, this piece is a willowy yet architectural statement which can also be customized into various shapes. Discs made of milled brass and a darkened stainless steel base, the stainless steel rods allow for the gentile movement of the table top.
material • brass • darkened stainless steel
type • coffee table
size • 35.5" x 18" x 14"
Design: Christopher Gentner, 2015
Handcrafted in Chicago
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Deja vu it’s the unexpected experience of a deja vu. Something that belongs to us and at the same time, runs away. Just like an old ceramic chandelier that experienced an explosion of light. To see again tradition and let it float in the air. Winning all force of gravity and taking time to look back at the past, without forgetting it.
Art director and creative for Karman Matteo Ugolini slips away from ordinary design outlines entering along with the company in a unique and distinctive path. He has no muse among masters of the past: he just designs what he truly likes. His aim is to excite and create emotion, his roots are hold to the remembering of the past and nature that is deeply connected to. Very often we can find nature in his creations: it comes closer to human life just like it has always happened in the past. That process helps human race to come closer to that important element we are all gradually departing from: nature.
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The discrete shelf is a spatial organization of frames and lines that suggesting space dynamics and abstraction.
The traditional shelf structure has been replaced by several single elements instead, allowing ease for transportation. In the discrete shelf, each of the frame appears to be isolated from each other yet formulate an internal structure that holds by itself. The viewers thus perceive constantly evolving appearance thanks to its asymmetrical arrangement.
About: Cecilia Xinyu Zhang (b.1989) born and raised in Beijing, China currently lives and works in Bergen, Norway
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“Butterfly” Sofa and Armchair
Created for effective design and maximum comfort, the Sofa and Armchair “Butterfly”, born from the imagination of Romuald Fleury, offers modern curves and warm comfort to every avant-garde design amateur. Perfectly designed, their lines offers the same seduction as their comfort which will suit everybody. Attractive pieces of furniture for their lines and comfortable seating.
In perfect match with your own style
Each and every creation by Romuald Fleury is entirely hand-crafted and can match your own personality: sizes, materials, finishes …many options enable you to personalize your selected piece of furniture according to your own wishes.
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What about a hanging lamp that can do so much more than just shine. Wireless, strong and rechargeable. Easy to use thanks to the convenient loop. Merry bulky lamps with a simple hanging system and LED lighting.
Taupe, red, light grey or industrial green? Pick your favorite colour. To use outside or inside, living room, garden or bedroom. Choose from 3 light modes and create the perfect setting. Simply charge it with the USB portal on top and enjoy up to 24 hours of wireless lighting.
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Challenging the characteristic of marble as a cold material we seek to imbue it with a sense of ambiguity and a hint of poeticism.
Embracing lightness, the rigidity of marble is challenged as the stone was handcrafted as thinly as possible enabling this piece to have a 2 in 1 functionality. Two brass containers can be interchanged to use the piece as a Oud burner, an oil diffuser and a teal light. Due to the thinnes of the marble, light from a candle emits a soft glow through the Carrara.
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