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  • Verreum showcased the new collections designed by Rony Plesl during Salone del Mobile

  • Verreum has shown the new collections at Maison&Objet.

  • 16 January 2014

    Chado tea set by Sebastian Herkner for Verreum is awarded EDIDA

  • Verreum moved to its new showroom/office in Prague.

  • Verreum showcases its new and current collections at Downtown Design, Dubai.

  • in Milan, 9 – 13 April, 2013

    Verreum debuts LOVE COLLECTION

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    GLASS IS TOMORROW EXHIBITION Saint-Etienne International Design Bienal

  • February 2013

    Verreum's new collections were showcased in Frankfurt at Ambiente

  • January 2013

    Verreum's new collections were showcased in Paris at Maison&Objet

    Verreum showed the re-editions of existing Verreum lines at Maison&Objet in Paris, and will be showing them in New York and Frankfurt. The launch of the new Verreum collections will be in Milan during Salone del Mobile in April 2013.

About Verreum—As a true successor of Czech glass manufacturing, the Prague-based Verreum brand was founded in 2009 by the enlightened entrepreneur Pavel Weiser. The name Verreum comes from a combination of two words influencing each other: “Verre”—glass in French and “Um”—craftsmanship in Czech.

As the name suggests, Verreum aims at reviving traditional glass making craftsmanship, focusing on the revival of the unique silvered glass production. Verreum re-invented this forgotten technique from scratch, coupling tradition and technologies and a new design language. Since then Verreum produces smaller decorative items like vases, bowls, lamps, candlesticks or small furniture pieces and collaborates with both Czech and international designers including Rony Plesl, Jií Pelcl, Olgoj Chorchoj, Arik Levy, Karim Rashid, Sebastian Herkner and many others. For the creation of its products, Verreum seeks high-skilled craftsmen around the glass manufacturing facilities in Nový Bor, Northern Bohemia, the famous production center of Czech glass heritage and revives the unique silvered glass techniques and connects them with the best glass blowing specialists with the mission of sustaining the Bohemian glass making tradition.

In 2014, Frankfurt-based German product designer Sebastian Herkner became the art-director of the company with the goal to build a cohesive product collection created by a precise selection of international designers and a strong visual presen­tation of the brand. It becomes a truly international company with Czech glass heritage roots. Verreum regularly exhibits at Maison et Objet in Paris and Salone del Mobile in Milan next to selected international shows. The company was 2012 – 13 also a co-organiser of the European project “Glass is Tomorrow”, whose aim is to promote cooperation among glassmakers and designers across Europe.

    argenteus

    Vase collection

    Material: Silvered glass / brass tube
    Design Rony Plesl, 2012

    Collection details: Argenteus comes in two sizes in bronze colored silvered glass with brass tube inside.

    Rony's inspiration: The inspiration for these vases comes from the work of the famous sculptor, Constantine Brancusi. For the designer, Rony Plesl, the egg as one of his favorite shapes, symbolizes the perfection and centerpiece of any Interior.

    arizona

    Vase collection

    Materials: Silvered and blown glass
    Design Rony Plesl, 2012

     

    Collection details: Arizona comes in three sizes and two versions: silvered glass top/black bottom and gold-silvered glass top and opal glass bottom.

    Rony's inspiration: Arizona vases are inspired by the famous flower in the desert, the cactus. It brings the beauty of the desert into the interior.

     

    aurora

    Coffee set

    Materials: Blown silvered glass, double walled blown glass and wood
    Design Defne Koz & Marco Susani, 2013

    Collection details: Aurora consists of 3 handmade different sizes of coffee cups in double walled opal white gradient glass with 3 different shapes of silvered glass saucers and a cookie platter in silvered glass. The set is completed with an American walnut wood tray.

    Defne and Marco's inspiration: You, me, the smell of coffee. A good morning. What can we do to make this morning even better? Maybe a couple of precious, magic, shiny, silver cups for our coffees? Maybe a tray to hold them together? Maybe a tall cup to hold the small precious espresso high on a pedestal, building a monument to it?

    bonbon

    Side Tables

    Design: Luca Nichetto
    Material: Mouth blown silvered glass

    Collection details: A collection of mouth blown silvered side tables in 3 colors

    Luca Nichetto’s inspiration: The family of side tables BonBon by Italian designer Luca Nichetto are inspired by the silver paper wrapped around the candies and their stylized form. Composed of simplify geometric shapes assembled in a totem, the model reminds of out of scaled candies that are suitable next or in front to a sofa or armchair. Verreum will launch the whole collection of about three different models of BonBon at Salone del Mobile in Milan later this year.

     

    bruno

    Table Lamp

    Materials: Blown glass and silvered glass
    Design Karim Rashid, 2013

    Collection details: Bruno consists of 2 handmade table lamps, in clear glass body / silver coated glass shade; opal white glass body/ bronze coated glass shade.

    Karim's inspiration: My goal with this lamp was to expose the simple beauty of the materials that house the light. The glass base rises upward toward a metal diffuser. The light itself is floating inside, hidden, but illuminates the base out of the opening on top. Harmony between illumination, material and form are what makes this object simple yet special.

    chado

    Tea Set

    Materials: Blown silvered glass, colored glass and brass
    Design Sebastian Herkner, 2013

    Collection details: With Chado teaset, Sebastian Herkner brought back the archaic shapes of middle ages into the new light. Chado consists of 1 handmade silvered glass tea cup, 1 cookie plate, 1 blown glass teapot in gray, 1 blown glass milk jug in gray and a handmade brass tray.

    Sebastian's inspiration: The tea set Chado for Verreum is designed for the celebration of drinking tea. The origin of its name Chado is based on the Japanese designation of tea ceremony. It is a set of archaic and simple designed objects consisting of a tea cup, milk jug, tea pot, cookie bowl and a metal tray. My aim was to concentrate on the materials like silvered glass and colored frosted glass combined with marble and brass. Every object of this set is made of its most suitable material. The cup for example is made of double walled silvered glass, the tray of metal spanned brass.

    Chado is created for a ritual.

    drops

    Vase collection

    Material: Blown silvered glass
    Design Arik Levy, 2013

    Collection details: Drops is a very innovative typology for the cacti or flowers we use everywhere in our homes and offices. Cactus as a flower is also believed to decrease the magnetic field when used next to electronic equipment. Drops come in three versions, one cave, two caves and three caves and in two colors: silver and bronze.

    Arik's inspiration: I was always fascinated with the quicksilver drops and remember that when the old thermometer broke on the floor I was looking for these drops. The amazing surfaces tension and reflection as well as the sensation of it as if it is still liquid. Juxta-positioning the different sizes together like a table sculpture installation reflecting one into the other as well as the surrounding environment is a delight. Planting cacti or flowers into the holes gives life to the installation as well as generous reflections of colors and forms. Enjoy.

    influence

    Candleholder collection

    Material: Blown silvered glass
    Design Arik Levy, 2012

    Description of the collection: Influence is a play with different shapes, each in a harmonious geometry. It comes as a set of 5 candleholders in two color versions, silver and lime green.
    * Sold as a set of 5

    Arik's inspiration: Candlesticks are around us all the time and usually set on the table for decoration and light…with this collection I wanted to create a landscape of elements that joint together as one form, influence the previous and following forms. They stand as a mini architecture and allow arranging different skylines, as one likes. When candles are installed and lit the dancing flames will reflect on the diagonal surfaces and animate bright light spots.

    maly

    Drinking Glasses

    Design: Sebastian Herkner
    Material: Mouth blown silvered glass

    Collection details: A collection of mouth blown silvered drinking glasses in 3 different soft colors

    Sebastian Herkner’s inspiration: Maly is a simple and basic cup for your tea or coffee in the morning. The cup exists in smooth soft colors like pink, smokey grey and lime green.

    mirror

    Drink set

    Material: Silvered blown glass
    Design Studio Olgoj Chorchoj, 2010

    Collection details: Mirror comes in three shapes in silvered blown glass.

    Olgoj Chorchoj's inspiration: A new design language for our favorite drinks. The double wall technology keeps the drink inside either cold or warm. The shape is inspired by the simplicity of the nineties.

    norma

    Table top set

    Material: Silvered blown glass
    Design Sebastian Herkner, 2012

    Collection details: Norma comes in 5 different forms and two different silvered glass finishes: silver and smoky lime green silvered glass.

    Sebastian's inspiration: The geometrical shapes of Norma table top set creates an aura around the interiors where they are used. The aura is reflected in the flowers in the vase and the fruits or food in the bowls.

    reverso

    Table Top Set

    Design: Sacha Walckhoff
    Material: Mouth blown silvered glass

    Collection details: A collection of mouth blown silvered table accessories like glasses and vases in different sizes and colors

    Sacha Walckhoff’s inspiration: Bewildered by the choreography of glass blowers in the Novy Bor Verreum manufacture in the Czech Republic, I came up with the “Reverso” collection.
    With a blowing cane, master glass-makers pick melting glass from the crucible  to  lift it up to the skies.
    They then sprinkle it with water and steam, and lodge it into a wood and oak  cast  to blow it into its final shape.
    This ballet with pure matter inspired me five glasses and three vases, translucent  and silver coated, fun to use in many a different and surprising way.
    The vases of this collection are there to be matched or assembled, played with, turned upside down to change into photophores or even glass lanterns when they are not filled with flowers.
    All the glasses follow the same principle, and so the champagne flute, once bottom up, becomes a tumbler while the white wine glass turns into a coffee cup when on its head.

     

    shadow

    Champagne / Wine Set

    Materials: Blown silvered glass and coated aluminum
    Design Sebastian Bergne, 2013

    Collection details: Shadow consists of 4 handmade silvered glass objects, champagne bucket, wine cooler, bowl and a special tray. The base is in coated aluminum.

    Sebastian's inspiration: A functional range of thermally insulated serving objects with the calm quality of geometric sculpture. The seemingly unstable volumes in mirrored glass appear to be supported by their metal shadows.

    uru

    Containers

    Design: Rony Plesl, 2014
    Material: Colored glass, silvered glass, brass & stainless steel

    Collection details: Containers in 3 sizes and various colors in silvered glass with colored glass caps and metal holder.

    Rony Plesl’s inspiration: My inspiration is from traditional urushi laquer objects.

     

    velvet

    Coffee set

    Material: Silvered blown glass
    Design Michael Koenig, 2011

    Collection details: Velvet comes in three shapes in silvered blown glass.

    Michael's inspiration: The shape of the Velvet coffee set is inspired by the basket for collecting coffee beans. A perfect cup for espresso, latte and cappuccino, Velvet coffee cups keep coffee warm and fingers cool..

     

    wave

    Table top set

    Material: Colored blown glass
    Design Jiří Pelcl

    Collection details: Wave comes in three different forms, and two different finishes: opal white/silver and purple/silver.

    Jiří's inspiration: Wave collection is inspired by water. The concentric circles represent ripples in the water when you toss a stone into it.

    zigzag

    Vase collection

    Material: Colored blown glass
    Design Studio Olgoj Chorchoj, 2013

    Collection details: ZigZag comes in two sizes and two different color versions: grey and teal.

    Jiří's inspiration: These vases are very much inspired by the Sixties. Because of the shape, the mouth blown colored glass gives the effect of gradient color.

  • Rony Plesl

    Rony Plesl is currently ranked among the most successful and famous Czech glass artists and designers. He is involved in creative design, interior design, proposals of small and large series production and creates limited collections under his own brand. He works with a number of significant glassworks and glass producers both in the Czech Republic and abroad with companies like Barovier & Toso, Denizli and Pasabahce.

    Since 2008 he has been the Head of the Glass Atelier at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and he became the principal designer of the German company, Sahm. He has received many awards, such as the Red Dot Design Award for Cleveland glass. The quality of his work is recognized by the inclusion of his Quadra Pura vase among the 100 best designs of the 20th century. His works are presented in many private and public collections around the world.

  • Sebastian Hekner

    Sebastian Herkner was born in 1981 in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, already focusing during his studies on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details. Whilst still a student, Herkner did an internship with Stella McCartney in London, which helped to hone his feeling for materials, colors, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as ClassiCon, Very Wood by Gervasoni, Moroso, Gubi, La Chance and Rosenthal, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and international museums. Since 2007 he has taught several courses i.a. at HfG Offenbach am Main as visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, for example the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category or the Wallpaper Design Award. Since 2014 Sebastian Herkner became art director of Czech brand Verreum.

  • Jiří Pelcl

    Professor Architect Jiří Pelcl teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he was the chancellor in 2002–2005. Besides practical activities, he deals with the theory of design, he publishes papers and is a guest lecturer at both domestic and foreign schools (Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, University of California Berkeley, RCA London, Yale University, ENSDI Paris, SCIARCH Los Angeles).He has created numerous interiors of prestigious buildings (interiors for president Václav Havel in Prague Castle, the Czech Embassies in Rome and Pretoria, the Czech House in Malmö, etc.). In 2006, he won the National Design Award, the Form award in Germany, and in 2007 the Design Plus award in Germany and the Czech Grand Design award for designer of the year.

    His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Die Neue Sammlung in Munich, Museum fűr Gestaltung in Zürich, the Swedish Glassmuseum in Smalands, and the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt.

  • Arik Levy

    "Creation is an uncontrolled muscle" according to Arik Levy (born 1963).

    Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces –, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels  "The world is about people, not objects."

    Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.

    His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.

    After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.

    The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents.

    About Verreum:

    Poor man’s silver from the past was in mercury, but now, ever since Verreum has mastered the technique of silvering with the use of Silver Nitrate, they turn every glass chamber into a magical reflection zone. A small and motivated company, with great energy and enthusiasm make the relationship a pleasure and the projects, fascinating pieces.

  • Karim Rashid

    Karim Rashid is a leading design figure with worldwide recognition and clientele. Considered to be an A-list designer, Karim has been working for over 25 years in product, packaging, lighting and interior design. He has won numerous awards and accolades from international companies, publications and universities. He is one of the most prolific designers in history, designing successful products for clients ranging from high-end to mass-market.

    His philosophy of 'democratic design' - design for all - is Karim's personal mantra. Throughout his career he has sought to bring design to the masses by creating affordable, approachable and beautiful objects. Karim has redefined several once-stagnant markets, i.e.: home accessories (Dirt Devil Kone Vac), cleaning products (Method cleaning products) and water filtration (Bobble).

    About Verreum:

    I am very excited to be working with GAIA&GINO's sister brand Verreum and humbled to be one of their first designers after Gaye took charge of the brand. Like with GAIA&GINO, they allow me to create objects that come straight from my sketchbook. They really trust the designer to create designs that are essentially extensions of their soul. Pair this mentality with impeccable manufacturing quality and the client/designer relationship will be extremely long-lasting and fruitful. I look forward to the success of Verreum and the new product will create together now and in the future.

  • Sebastian Bergne

    Bergne set up his London design studio after graduating from The Royal College of Art in 1990. He has since established an impressive body of work, ranging from corkscrews to kettles, frying pans to pencil dice.

    Bergne's work shows less of a signature style, more a quest for appropriate new solutions to diverse design problems, whether working on bespoke projects or anonymous consumer products.

    His achievements have been widely recognized with international design awards, frequent publication, exhibitions and inclusion in permanent collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Design Museum (London). Bergne shares his knowledge and experience through guest speaking, lecturing and jury participation.

    About Verreum:

    My intension was to create a series of unstable mirrored volumes that appear to stand with the help of their shadows. Verreum has been the ideal partner for this project with their many years of experience in producing high quality mirrored glass and the flexibility to combine it effectively with other materials.

  • Defne Koz and Marco Susani

    Defne Koz and Marco Susani are founding partners of Koz Susani Design, based in Chicago, working for many International clients. Having worked for many years in Milano, both Defne and Marco are deeply rooted in the Italian design culture.

    Defne's idea of design is influenced by her training in Ettore Sottsass' studio in Milano, and by the combination of her Turkish and Italian cultures.

    Marco Susani extended the culture of Italian Design to new fields like Interaction Design and Strategic Design. His main interest is in combining high-tech innovation with emotional design. He started his career in Italy with design guru Ettore Sottsass, at Olivetti, Sottsass Associati, followed by Domus Academy.

    Later, in the US, he created the Motorola Advanced Concept Group, and was Motorola's Global Vice President of Digital Design before founding Koz Susani Design Studio with Defne Koz.

    About Verreum:

    Sometimes I wonder if Gaye could surprise us once more, with yet another one of her adventures. She did, indeed, a few months ago when she came to us with the idea of taking a traditional, wonderful technique she discovered in the Czech Republic to create mirrored glass and asked me to design with it. We played together with shapes and finishes; we imagined that this material could be used to make the morning breakfast ritual even more precious, more magic. She succeeded, once more, to take our designs and build the aura of a great brand around it. It was fun, as usual. What will be the next surprise, Gaye?

  • Studio Olgoj Chorchoj

    Olgoj Chorchoj Studio was founded in 1990 by Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček during their studies at the Academy of Arts in Prague. Since then, they have worked in the areas of industrial design, furniture design and especially architecture and interiors.

    Over the years, the studio has several times been awarded Grand Prix Honorary recognition by the Society of Czech Architects. They currently work in the studio with a total of 8 designers and architects. Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček are the Head of Atelier of product design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

  • Michael Koenig

    Michael Koenig was born in Aachen in 1971 and grew up in the part of Germany which borders the Netherlands and Belgium. After school, he was trained as a cabinet maker. He studied design in Aachen, where he gained an honours degree. For several years now, Koenig has had his own studio in Hamburg. The studio is responsible for a wide range of design projects in the fields of furniture, accessories, lighting and interior design, making use of many different materials and all kinds of technologies.

    Since 2008, Michael Koenig has been responsible for art direction of the company Flora in Halver, Germany. Clients include, Artepuro, Details, the Danish Consulate in Germany, Flora, Freiheit, Freiraum, Cinna, Clic, Habitat, Jasmim, Kaether & Weise, Ligne Roset, Louise Poulsen, Magazin, Morfoso, Rapsel and Verreum.

  • Luca Nichetto

    Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Institute. Afterwards he attended the University Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV), where he earned a degree in Industrial Design. He began his professional career in 1999 by designing his first projects in Murano glass for Salviati. That same year he began his collaboration with Foscarini, both as product designer and as a consultant on new materials research and product development. In 2006 he founded his first Venetian studio, where he advanced his expertise in product design. In 2011 he opened a second practice in Stockholm, Sweden. This is when he began to move beyond the object, reaching to interior design and architecture. Over the course of his career Nichetto has served as art director for international design events and has been awarded numerous international prizes. Today, Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of leading Italian and international companies.

  • Sacha Walckhoff

    Sacha Walckhoff was born in France in 1962, but spent most of his childhood in Switzerland. After studying at the School of Barcelona Arts and Fashion Techniques, he first worked in various Prêt-à-Porter fashion houses — including Jean Rémy Daumas, Dorothée Bis, and Michel Klein in 1992. That same year, he met Christian Lacroix and became his artistic consultant; their collaboration was to last for seventeen years.
    Initially in charge of the Prêt-à-Porter lines, he was then appointed Studio Director in 1996, and became the couturier’s right-hand man in 2002, when he created his own company. At the same time, he was also a consultant for Kenzo and Jean-Claude Jitrois, between 2000 and 2002.
    When the couturier left the House of Christian Lacroix in 2009, Sacha Walckhoff was appointed Creative Director. Since 2010, he has been the designer for the men’s Prêt-à-Porter collections, the eyewear and sunglasses lines, scarves, and leather goods, as well as the home décor line.
    Passionate about art, design and decoration, Sacha’s own apartment in Paris – a unique space and veritable Cabinet of Curiosities – has been featured in many international interior design magazines.

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