Lasvit showcases glass-making techniques in Milan design week installation

Czech glass-making brand Lasvit has unveiled an outdoor installation made from fused glass at Milan design week, shown in this video produced for the brand by Dezeen.

Titled Porta, the installation was created by Lasvit art director Maxim Velcovsky and forms part of the brand’s Re/Creation exhibition at Palazzo Isimbardi in Milan.

The installation is part of Lasvit’s Re/Creation exhibition in Milan

The installation encompasses a maze of large glass panels created using an artisanal fused glass method.

In this technique, glass is heated into a molten state and is then poured over a hand-crafted mould. The liquid glass naturally spreads and settles under its own weight and gravity, which determines its unique organic textures within the material.

Maxim Velcovsky holding large fused-glass panel with a textured finish
Lasvit creative director Maxim Velcovsky created glass panels with textured finishes

The panels used in Velcovsky’s installation were created in Europe’s largest glass kiln. They were designed to demonstrate the brand’s technical prowess and to create a space for visitors to relax in.

“Glass becomes a ‘canvas’ for the artist and gives the opportunity to create relief surfaces and surfaces of large dimensions,” Velcovsky told Dezeen.

“When making glass, you feel like you are on a beach, where you can draw your ideas in the sand and create an infinite number of images, structures and textures. These ideas are then embedded in the glass and remain on the surface in relief,” he continued.

Claesson Koivisto Rune's Nebula lighting collection for Lasvit
The Nebula lighting series comprises table lamps in two sizes and a ceiling light

The exhibition also includes a new lighting collection by Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune comprising table lamps and a ceiling light.

The collection, called Nebula, features a series of bulb-like table lamps in two sizes that use a diffusing glass lens to transmit light upwards.

Lasvit's Porta fused glass outdoor installation at Milan design week 2024
The glass panels used in the installation were created in Europe’s largest glass kiln

Other pieces within the exhibition include an installation by Lasvit senior designer Maria Culenova, which uses layers of folded plywood and copper to create custom lighting modules, as well as a diluted lighting collection by Canadian design duo Yabu Pushelberg.

The exhibition architecture and design were created by multidisciplinary design firm Cirque Menu.

Re/Creation is open to the public at the Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte, 35, from 16 to 21 April at this year’s Milan design week. See our Milan design week 2024 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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This video was produced by Dezeen for Lasvit as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen’s partnership content here. 

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