I'm so excited to share the news of Flora, a lighting collection made in collaboration with Brooklyn design studio, In Common With.
It’s always been a dream of mine to work on lighting, so I was thrilled when this opportunity came to life. I'm very proud to introduce you all to this new body of work, shot on location at the Schloss Hollenegg, a 12th-century Austrian castle turned designers’ residence.
A big thank you to everyone involved from In Common With to photographer William Jess Laird, and Alice Stori Liechtenstein, the owner and curator of the Schloss Hollenegg residence.
Embracing classic Venetian glassmaking techniques, the Flora series honors the beauty of nature through 20 hand-blown, mold-blown, and slumped glass fixtures reflecting an intersection of old-world craftsmanship and contemporary Italian influences.
With romantic silhouettes available in an array of colors and configurations, this series is an exercise in systems-focused design, but with a twist: its foundational techniques yield pieces that are innately irreplicable—so, like flowers, no two will ever be the same.
Some of the Flora fixtures use a process called Fazzoletto–“handkerchief” in Italian– made famous by Paolo Venini. using gravity, molten glass is spun downward to create an undulation, wave-like shape that recalls an Angel's Trumpet, givign the series its botanical name. I first explored this technique, alongside the application of decorative dots, when creating our Poppy Vase. With Flora, we pushed these motifs even further by turning them into beautiful lampshades — just one of many styles in the collection.
Other pieces in the collection are a contemporary take on a 17th-century ornamental technique where artists would add small pieces of molten glass to a blown form and manipulate them with hand tools into decorative shapes. In this spirit, some fixtures have been meticulously dressed in marble-like dots and smooth, fluid fins.
Come 2023, pieces from the Flora collection will be on view at the beautiful Schloss Hollenegg castle as part of its current residency focusing on the disappearing art of European glassmaking.