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Designer: Martin Hlubucek

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

This series of Glass vessels were exhibited recently at Ambiente Frankfurt and brought to my attention by this Design Milk article about the event.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

With their shapely forms I am really pleased that they are more substantial than most vases. The swollen size and beautiful shape of the vases work really well together. This Czech glass artist has used the method of blowing blown layered glass into a rotation mold. They are designed so that the base of the vase floats above the table surface slightly, most noticeable in the pic below, a lovely trick that lightens the load visually.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

The bottle greens (below) and rich blues are really traditional glass colours and are in a completely different palette to the light greens and white glass used to blow some of the pieces. For my own design projects I generally use a couple of choice colours within the same tonal range, but here is an example of how using two extremes of palettes can be really interesting and change the feel of the object completely. The 70’s shapes have launched themselves back onto the high street this spring and by the looks of it it might be bringing the 60’s right along with it.

Buoy by Martin Hlubucek on The Product Edit

Image sources: Material Times / sig in / AD Decoration / Fiera Magazine


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Julia Jacob

I am a product and furniture designer who loves simple items. Here at The Product Edit is where I confess my weakness for all the beautiful products out there. I publish on a Friday.

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