The Fizz takes a sneaky peek at ethereal furniture guaranteed to melt a heart of glass
BY DEE IVA
Recently previewed at January’s IMM Cologne Furniture Fair, ‘Melt’ is a ghostly collection of cast glass furniture from the latest collaboration between Venetian lighting brand WonderGlass and award winning Japanese design studio Nendo.
Previous partnerships with design luminaries like Marcel Wanders, Jaime Hayon, John Pawson and the Bouroullec brothers have produced lyrical elegant lighting collections but this is WonderGlass’ first stab at furniture.
ABOVE: Molten slabs of glass are cast into a sculptural chair
RIGHT: Oki Sato from Nendo examines his handiwork
ABOVE FROM TOP: The ‘Melt’ collection includes side tables, chairs, a dining table and accessories; Oki Sato with Maurizio Mussati of WonderGlass
BELOW FROM LEFT: The hot glass glows under the watchful eye of WonderGlass craftsmen; Up close and personal, the surface of the glass retains texture from its molten state
Nendo designer Oki Sato was taken with the properties of flowing molten glass. Having seen how the craftspeople in the WonderGlass workshops worked with this lava-like material he decided to create a set of furniture that was dictated by the natural flow of the glass. Hot glass sheets were laid over steel pipes and suspended between steel bars to allow the glass to cascade into shape.
Breathtakingly icy, the ‘Melt’ range will be one of the coolest collections on show on the WonderGlass stand at Salone del Mobile in Milan this April. Budding ice queens take note…
Salone del Mobile 2019 runs from 9 -14 April. Fiera Milano, S.S. del Sempione 21, 20017 Rho, Milano, Italy