by Michael Anastassiades
In 1823, master glazier Josef Lobmeyr opened his first little glass business in the heart of Vienna. Since then, six generations have unveiled the miracle of glass. Together with designers like Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Ted Muehling, Marco Dessí, POLKA, Mark Braun, Sebastian Menschhorn and Formafantasma, classic pieces of handmade crystal and chandeliers emerged, which are appreciated by connoisseurs all over the world. Lobmeyr crystal can be found in collections like the MoMA New York (USA), V&A London (UK) and the MAK in Vienna.
Light refracts in crystal. The natural interaction between these two elements in a fascinating object has been the vision of this collaboration. A minimal, elegant and strong metal structure, typical of Michael Anastassiades’ work, gives hold and position to precious crystal parts refined by Lobmeyr. The central glass sphere cut in alternative ways guards the light source and refracts the light. Two hemispheres of different larger diameters indicate further orbits. Light, shade and the interaction between geometry and space make these exciting objects.