NextGen Design for NACHTMANN
What happens when curiosity and creativity meet tradition and craftsmanship?
Emerging designers from around the world are designing for NACHTMANN
Looking ahead, we are on a constant quest to find the next generation of talented glassware designers. This search takes us to our own design studios and to leading art colleges around the world. So far, we have tapped into young design talent in Prague, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Beijing, London and Sydney. The results have been creatively and commercially uplifting. Fusing cutting-edge ideas with traditional craft skills, we are creating the next generation of modern classics in glass.
"How tradition and industry inspired functional modern design."
Jet turbines spoke to me because the inherent tension between their precise, intricate appearance, and their potential for power and force. I wanted to embody a feeling of robust strength that was at the same time delicate and refined to the touch. I tried to visualise the feeling of air streaming through a jet in a single static moment. Capturing the feeling of intense power while retaining a sense of refinement and delicateness in the fine lines and ridges of the range. When in flight, a jet gathers and distorts the air, and this is mirrored by the way the curves of the pattern gather and refract light.
// Oliver named the series after his grandmother, who was born in Austria.
This trip was the first time I was able to visit some of the places they grew up, giving me a new sense of connection and understanding with them.
"How my punk attitude smashed the image of crystal"
In an art college environment that encourages edginess and unconventional creativity, my urge - in tune with the Punk movement - was to rebel and break out of the ordinary. I began by sketching some of the surfaces and textures of Punk, such as studs, spikes and grids.
Moving on from these liternal translations of key Punk visuals, I progressed to a broader interpretation of the movement, letting the attitude shape the form. I carefully researched NACHTMANN's approach to texture and patterns so I could merge this with the Punk style.
Designing a set of barware featuring areas that break out from the normal shape of the vessel, I broke out of the ordinary. Celebrating Punk's 40th anniversary, I also marked the juxtaposition of Punk and luxury, a trand that's currently making waves in fashion.
NACHTMANN Shu Fa
"How we found a whisky glass on a Chinese mountain"
Looking for inspiration, we examined Chinese calligraphy, in particular traditional calligraphic ink paintings. We were looking for a symbol or a letter stroke that could be translated into a shape in glass.
A stroke called 'pimacin', used to depict the structure and texture of mountain rock, had all the right attributes. As we explored the shape of each single stroke, our experiments with a 3D version proved that it could be applied to a vessel with dramatic results.
Treating the glass as our canvas, with the stroke creating an interesting texture and rhythm, our idea came to life in a striking way. To use, the calligraphic stroke we chose is gentle yet strong, and it works well in the medium of glass.