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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Glass Is Tomorrow in Paris, France by Pro Materia

January 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pro Materia

GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European project, which aims at establishing a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals in the north, south, east and west of Europe. Supported by the ‘Culture’ (2007-2013) program of the European Union, GLASS IS TOMORROW promotes a high level of craft and design in contemporary glass. The project was launched on June 1st 2011, and three workshops were organized, in Nuutajärvi (FI), Nový Bor (CZ), Meisenthal (FR), during which glassblowers and designers teamed up to produce glass pieces. Glass aesthetics and techniques were explored by the tandems in order to  develop new typologies of everyday objects. The project opened up new potentialities and generated dialogue about the conception, production and distribution of glass pieces by experimenting around three themes: Stackability, Silver Glass and Out of the Mould.The prototypes created during the workshops as well as the GLASS IS TOMORROW project are now presented to the public through a touring exhibition and publication, featuring pictures and videos signed by James Bort and photography by Anne Croquet and Guy Rebmeister.

Collar Vases Collection : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

  • Architects: Pro Materia
  • Project: Glass Is Tomorrow
  • Location: Paris, France

Collar Vases : Image Courtesy Pro Materia


Werner Aisslinger (DE), Lena Bergström (SE), Pierre Bindreiff/V8 (FR), Tim Brauns (DE), Studio Brichet -Ziegler (FR), Tina Bunyaprasit (DE), Studio Bystro Design (CZ), Sebastien Cordoleani (FR), Pierre Favresse (FR), Sébastien Geissert/V8 (FR), Verena Gompf (D), Alfredo Häberli (CH), Mendel Heit (DE), Sebastien Herkner (D), Klára Horáková (CZ), Lucie Koldova (CZ), Wing Lam Kwok (BE), Arik Levy (ISR), Cecilie Manz (DK), Studio Olgoj Chorchoj (CZ), Dagmar Pánková (CZ), Rony Plesl (CZ), Tadéas Podracký (CZ), Leoš Smejkal (CZ), Maxim Velcovsky (CZ), Hubert Verstraeten (BE), Heikki Viinikainen (FI), Dan Yeffet (ISR)

Feel the drink glasses : Image Courtesy Pro Materia


Antoine Brodin (FR), Róisín de Buitleár (IR), Jacky Fauster (FR), Matteo Gonet (CH), Sara Hulkkonen (FI), Thibault Lafleuri (FR), Richard Loesel (FR), Michal Masek (CZ), Sébastien Maurer (FR), Rea Moisio (FI), Jean-Marc Schilt (FR), Martin Štefánek (CZ), Deborah Vollmer (FR), Jeremy Wintrebert (FR), Iittala glass blowers in Nuutajärvi, Verreum glass blowers in Novỳ Bor.

Pater Noster Collection : Image Courtesy Pro Materia


QUANTUM GLASS TM is part of the Saint-Gobain group. The brand strives to be at the forefront of energyintelligent glass technologies with the aim to facilitate the creation of cutting-edge architectural projects and products that excite emotion and push back the boundaries of creativity. QUANTUM GLASS is able to supply glass solutions that can become clear or translucent on demand, can act as a heating or lighting source, etc. A Glass House is the interactive studio of Quantum Glass. It’s located in the former Espace Claude Berri designed by Jean Nouvel, in the heart of Paris. The gallery is now dedicated to the interactive glass solutions offered by QUANTUM GLASS TM. A Glass House proposes a rich cultural programming. Several times per year, interactive artworks made by artists, architects and designers and using QUANTUM GLASS’s technologies are presented
to the public. A Glass House is pleased to host the GLASS IS TOMORROW exhibition from January 18th till February 22nd, 2013.

Pater Noster Collection : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

Vessel Gallery (GB) Vessel is a store-cum-gallery based in Notting Hill, London. It aims to be a modern Mecca for all those who appreciate good design and beauty in their life, both to look at and to use. The best contemporary glass and ceramic pieces available have been sourced globally. People can view a taster selection of ranges which cover iconic Scandinavian functional
design (Hackman, Stelton, Iittala, Orrefors, Arabia), flamboyant, collectible Italian art glass (Venini, Salviati, Arcade), plus the best of home-grown talent.

Second Souffle : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

Centre International d’Art Verrier in Meisenthal [CIAV] (FR) The cradle of Art Nouveau glass, enabled Émile Gallé to revolutionise the glass industry. This tradition for innovation lives on. The Centre international d’Art Verrier [CIAV] was created in 1992 in order to preserve the regional glassmaking skills of north-eastern France. It gave new contemporary perspectives to the traditional branches of the glass industry. Remaining in constant contact with the region, the [CIAV] is the heir to five centuries of glass industry in the North Vosges. Its furnace burns on the site of the Meisenthal glassworks, which had been closed since 1969.

Sklenice Stackable Glasses : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

VERREUM (CZ) In 2009, SPACE CZ created its own brand, VERREUM, to promote and sell hand-made Bohemian glass in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. SPACE CZ, which doesn’t have its own glassworks, collaborates with various Czech studios to keep the traditional glassmaking techniques alive. VERREUM mixes these old techniques, used in the Czech Republic for many centuries, with ideas from well-known Czech designers of today. In 2010, the brand launched a new collection of vases, in cooperation with leading Czech designers (studio Olgoj Chorchoj and Rony Plesl), which was presented at several international exhibitions and fairs around the world. Throughout 2010, VERREUM worked with foreign designers as well, cooperating with Michael Koenig, Sebastian Herkner and Arik Levy on new silvered glass design collections. The silvered glass VERREUM is promoting was first made in the 1840s, and became the focus of glassworks in Bohemia.

The Flower Vase : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

The Flower Vase : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

The Red Shade : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

The Silvered Necklace : Image Courtesy Pro Materia

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

GIT Workshop in Nuutajärvi © Photo ‐ James Bort/ GIT, 2011‐2013

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