Finnish Glassblowing Tradition Comes Alive at the Corning Museum of Glass

                                <em><a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Allie Weiss</a> has covered the professional design industry and reported on some of the country&#8217;s most impressive modern homes for </em>Interior Design<em> and </em>Dwell<em>.</em>
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                                Two glassblowers are gracing visitors to the <a href=";rls=en&amp;q=Corning+Museum+of+Glass&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;oe=UTF-8"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Corning Museum of Glass</a> in Corning, New York, with a rare showing of their talents outside of Finland. An intimate group has gathered to watch the duo make <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Birds by Toikka</a>, a collection of glass creatures manufactured by Iittala that has become a staple in Finnish homes and a prized object around the world. For four days, the workers blow, shape, stretch, and color glass into different species; the spectators watch a blue bird, a stork, a duck, and more emerge after only about 15 minutes of finesse in the gaffers’ hands.

Once the glassblowers inflate the glass, it returns to the furnace before it can continue to be shaped. The birds are free-blown, which means that molds

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Omer Arbel Launches New Objects as OAO Works

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Omer Arbel</a>, designer, artist, and creative director of <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bocci</a>, recently launched a new brand for the objects and curiosities he&#8217;s been creating on the side for the last 13 years. Along with his work for Bocci, the Vancouver and Berlin based Arbel creates work under his own name and is taking it even further with <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">OAO Works</a> (Omer Arbel Office Works). The platform will showcase works that are more niche and don&#8217;t fall under any particular category.
Described by OAO Works:
Some of the works resist simple classification, while others are by-products of more targeted investigations. Still more are results of very particular relationships, narratives, and collaborations.
31.3 Polygon Glassware is a series of 31 glass pieces that are made to be configured into any number of compositions. The collection is the result of looking into the five-fold tiling problem and ancient formulas from traditional Czech glassmaking.
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Excavated Vessels by Jeff Martin Joinery

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                                While we&#8217;ve previously featured the work of <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jeff Martin Joinery</a>, we&#8217;ve only seen his beautiful wooden furniture pieces. Now, the designer is exploring new mediums using scrap materials as inspiration in a series called <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Excavated Vessels</a>. The blown glass vessels are made using remnants from their cork casting processes used in the production of their furniture and mirrors.
Glass is blown into the cork molds filling the negative space as it expands and as the molds are removed, oxygen seeps in between the materials causing the surface of the cork to catch fire, thereby destroying the mold in the process. The finished piece isn’t revealed until it’s excavated from the cork so they never know what they’re going to get. The one-of-a-kind results resemble the textures found on mountain, glaciers, rocks, and glacier pools as if they were “hurled into outer space.”
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Bec Brittain x John Hogan Collaboration

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bec Brittain</a> x <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">John Hogan</a> is a collaboration that is the result of a series of responses to each others&#8217; work, both technically and aesthetically. The collection is on view for NYCxDESIGN until Friday, May, 25th 2018 at <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bec Brittain&#8217;s showroom</a>.
Hogan was inspired by celestial references from the Aries system, using the star as a reference for interacting and transforming natural light. For this particular collaboration he created lenses for a much smaller scale light source. In order to support Hogan’s reframed glass pieces, Brittain had to depart from the celestial aesthetic to a more architectural structure consisting of trusses and scaffolding in order to support the glass pieces. As a result, “each glass concept called for a totally different formal language to best highlight both the form of the glass and how it diffuses and refracts the light.” Photography by Lauren Coleman.
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