Today’s post comes from Paul Haigh, architect, designer, educator, and founder of HAIGHArchitects+Designers.
We have just wrapped up the 7th edition of the Liquid Fusion workshop at the Vitra summer design workshops at Domaine de Boisbuchet, in Lessac, France.
This year we had an excellent group of twelve designers who were focused and inspired by the design exploration theme. They produced over 120 prototypes in the condensed 5 day workshop…no mean achievement.
Primarily focused on hybridization and duality, the work examined glass transparency, translucency and opacity in the context of simple functional typologies.
The main emphasis is on glass design exploration as a rich palette for innovation and intervention. Emphasis is placed on the idea of “…glass as a liquid” in exploring an ancient material that can transform process into poetry.
This year’s group included industrial designers, graphic designers, artists and architects from around the world of varying ages and professional backgrounds. For many participants, this course represents the first time they have designed and worked in glass. The idea of providing access to glass through a direct proximity to glassmakers is fundamental to understanding the material and its potential applications in design.
The design sessions rotate throughout the day with each designer communicating with the glassmakers on the fabrication of prototypes. Each morning a review takes places at the annealer to discuss the previous days designs and refine fabrication issues in preparation for developing the next round of prototypes.
At the final presentation, the prototypes are displayed as a gallery exhibit in the context of the wonderful converted stables at Domaine de Boisbuchet. This year’s exhibition included lighting designs, hybrid drinking glasses, caged blown experiments and fish bowls…who knew?
Congratulations to all the participating designers: Nina Ruthe Klein, Wolfram Solter, Ana Vinuela Lorenzo, Damien Ummel, Thierry Didot, Chao Nan-Kai, Amandine Ansart, Anne-May Abel, Juan Ruiz-Rivas, Andreas Muller Eissing, Anne Schirner, and Marlène Gourounas.
Finally as they say in France…
All project photography courtesy of Domaine de Boisbuchet © Alessandro Fedeli 2012