Arnolfo di Cambio
Creating crystal glass objects is a difficult art. It takes years of experience, and each time the process is almost magical, the variables changing according to the moment and the skill of the craftsman. Melting, lifting, and blowing, all give life to the object that is being formed. It is a path that picks its way between the pure soul of the craftsman and the organisation industry.
Arnolfo di Cambio is the embodiment of this balance. A company who specialize in the production of crystal objects made in Italy, whose cut, reflection, and light refraction are exalted by being handcrafted using ancient techniques and timeless designs whilst reinterpreting classical forms for the contemporary world in which we live.
Architect and designer from Milan, (1930-1971). Colombo studied painting and sculpture at the Fine Arts academy in Brera, and the Milan Polytechnic. After starting his career in the art world he became part of the ‘Movimento Arte Concreta’ and in 1959 threw himself into design. After the death of his father, Colombo took over his electrical appliances company and experimented with new revolutionary materials such as PVC. Success arrived quickly. In 1962 he designed the Acrilica lamp for O-luce (Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale) and kitchen units for Boffi which were exhibited at the MoMA, NY, 1972.
Joe Colombo was the forefather of space saving futuristic design. From his living / sleeping pods complete with internal retractable TV (this is the 60’s) to complete kitchens on wheels (to roll around your loft as required) to these fantastic glasses. His designs have a feeling of a future that is always just around the corner.His Universale chair for Kartell designed in 1965 was the worlds first 100% injection molded plastic chair became an instant best seller. Colombo was a futurist, intent on dragging the present into the space age.
Colombo designed a number of ranges of drinking glasses in his lifetime and this seems very apt, his main loves being drinking, smoking and skiing. Unfortunately the first two no doubt contributed to his untimely demise but fortunately for us his creations live on.
The Smoke range was a design close to Colombos’ heart. By wrapping your fingers around the off centre stem of the glass you can, with just one hand, hold both glass and cigarette. This leaves the other hand free to perform the most important functions of any self respecting Italian, eating appetisers from passing serving plates and greeting beautiful people.
Hand blown in Italy.
Champagne glass: 13 cl, h. 177 mm, ø 45 mm
Price per boxed pair.