The Glass is Tomorrow book is co-funded by the Europe Union Culture Programme and co-edited by Archibooks and Pro Materia in Spring 2015. This ambitious project curated by Lise Coirier, Pro Materia, looks to recap 9 workshops – held between 2011 and 2015 – which brought together the worlds of design and glass-making by drawing links between the individuals, territories and know-how involved. The Glass is Tomorrow network promotes co-creative values as well as the so-called ‘European glass road’ by mounting 9 collaborative workshops with over 100 talents – designers, artists and glassblowers. With a European Union label of excellence, this initiative is oriented towards both professionals and the greater public alike. Glass’ wonder dates back deep into history but still manages to amaze today – answering to both visual and tactile senses. Transcending different cultures and eras, it has always held evidence of beauty and utility.
With over 400 pieces and potential prototypes – for limited edition or mas production – the Glass is Tomorrow collection exemplifies reflection,experimentation and co-creation based on the following themes: Stackability (Iittala, Nuutajärvi, Finland), SilveredGlass (Novy Bor & Ajeto, Czech Republic), Out of the Mould (CIAV, Meisenthal, France), Mixed Media (The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden), Liquid Fusion (CIRECA/ Domaine de Boisbuchet with Corning Museum of Glass’ Glass LabTM, France-US), Inside-Outside (ESADSE with Verrerie de Saint-Just / Glasssolutions Saint-Gobain Glass, France), SilentLuxury (CIAV Meisenthal, France), Light/House (withŞişecam – Nude, Denizli, Turkey), Makers x Makers (RCA with Vessel Gallery, London, UK). The 280-page edition will feature a historically-infused introduction by Glass is Tomorrow project manager and Pro Materia director Lise Coirier, 30 partner, designer and glassblower interviewsand exclusive profiles: MUDAC Lausanne’s Bettina Tschumi, Milan-based Glas Italia, Domaine de Boisbuchet’sAlexander von Vegesack, Corning Museum of Glass’ Steve Gibbs, Haigh Architects/ GlassLab’sTM Paul Haigh and Nationalmuseum Stockholm’s
Anders Bengtsson. The image-rich book will contain look-books and workshop moodboards, as well as a map tracking the so-called ‘European glass road’ – capturing this continent’s true savoir-faire. More info:www.glassistomorrow.eu, www.facebook.com/GlassisTomorrow, you can also order it at : firstname.lastname@example.org