Blowzone: Glass and metal finials

Blowzone: Glass and metal finials

Master glassblower Iestryn Davies is the proprietor of Britain’s Blowzone, a decorative glass company that offers contemporary, handmade window finials in a wide variety of shapes (including balls, vines and candle flames). Most finials combine glass and precious metals; custom patterns and colorways are available.

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  • One of my favorite places to shop in New York City is the John Derian Company. They specialize in decoupage, the art of cutting and gluing paper images to surfaces. Everything there is beautiful.

  • If you’re looking for an interior designer who can tint and gild the walls, create acid-etched detailing and build custom furniture with hand-forged iron fixtures and cast-glass insets, Joe Ginsberg is your man. A true master of m... If you’re looking for an interior designer who can tint and gild the walls, create acid-etched detailing and build custom furniture with hand-forged iron fixtures and cast-glass insets, Joe Ginsberg is your man. A true master of materials, he cites nature as the influence for the distinctive organic curves and patinas in his line of finishes. Those pictured above, from left to right, are: acid-etched, hammered brass; acid-etched copper; three-layer, dyed, fused and sandblasted glass. Using a combination of classic techniques and authentic materials, Ginsberg creates hand-tinted cement, Venetian plaster, fresco, glass treatments, metal treatments, hand-carved wood panels and custom walls.

  • High style meets primitive art in these new bowls from Armani Casa. Black glass is molded to perfection and sold individually as a small bowl, large or small salad bowl and plate.

  • Larry Zgoda’s glass has the ability to transform a door or a window into a work of art. In his early years he followed traditional patterns. But in the late 1970s he began to pursue what he calls “severe geometries,”or shapes and ... Larry Zgoda’s glass has the ability to transform a door or a window into a work of art. In his early years he followed traditional patterns. But in the late 1970s he began to pursue what he calls “severe geometries,”or shapes and designs suggested by the linear structure of glass itself. Today it is this modern approach, along with intensely focused color and an intriguing mix of materials—glass with wood or with metal—that distinguishes Zgoda’s work.

  • Second-generation Italian-American glassblower Dante Marioni mines the Venetian obsession with Roman shapes, making pitchers, amphorae and other Bacchanalian vessels in luxurious, arresting colors. The languid duet of pitcher and ... Second-generation Italian-American glassblower Dante Marioni mines the Venetian obsession with Roman shapes, making pitchers, amphorae and other Bacchanalian vessels in luxurious, arresting colors. The languid duet of pitcher and handled goblet displays the filo technique, in which a vessel is rimmed with a single glass thread of contrasting color. The idea for Marioni’s Cup Box, on the opposite page, came from the cardboard boxes of the same dimension (two feet high by one foot square) where he discarded the Venetian goblets he made for play and practice. One morning in 1997 he had the notion to place the goblets in a Plexi-glas box and use it as an end table. After his baby learned to walk, he sold it to a collector.

  • Sonja Blomdahl uses the demanding incalmo (literally, “with calm”) technique, in which blown pieces of open-sided colored glass are joined and shaped, to produce banded vessels and roundels in euphoric color sequences. Her ... Sonja Blomdahl uses the demanding incalmo (literally, “with calm”) technique, in which blown pieces of open-sided colored glass are joined and shaped, to produce banded vessels and roundels in euphoric color sequences. Her signature inclusion of narrow rings of clear glass adds movement to the brilliant color.

  • James Mongrain tops cartoonishly beaded balusters with bowl shapes that recall lampshades, taxi-horns, trumpets, flutes, bubbles, saucers and laboratory glass. The blue-crystal goblets shown here are from his “Modern Venetians” se... James Mongrain tops cartoonishly beaded balusters with bowl shapes that recall lampshades, taxi-horns, trumpets, flutes, bubbles, saucers and laboratory glass. The blue-crystal goblets shown here are from his “Modern Venetians” series; he also makes stunning versions of the same shapes in opaque glass and saturated colors.

  • Future heirlooms can be had from Höglund Art Glass. These one-of-a-kind Ariel-, Graal-, incalmo- and sommerso-technique glass collectibles by Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund reflect the landscape of New Zealand and Far North... Future heirlooms can be had from Höglund Art Glass. These one-of-a-kind Ariel-, Graal-, incalmo- and sommerso-technique glass collectibles by Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund reflect the landscape of New Zealand and Far North Queensland, the couple’s adopted home since migrating from Sweden in the early 1980s. The Höglunds’ luminous glass objects suggest that Sydney—and all of Australasia’s natural beauty—isn’t a distraction from design, but rather an inspiration for it.

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  • Nicholas Furrow was a freelance designer in Milan before opening his Brooklyn lighting studio in 2002. Nowadays, his engagingly eccentric designs "provoke materials with lighting." His Alchemist floor lamps, for example, "borrow" ... Nicholas Furrow was a freelance designer in Milan before opening his Brooklyn lighting studio in 2002. Nowadays, his engagingly eccentric designs "provoke materials with lighting." His Alchemist floor lamps, for example, "borrow" laboratory funnels, kitchen strainers and traffic cones in their cast bases. The Red Light District collection shown here first took shape when a basement full of red and amber glass shades were left at Furrow’s disposal. The morphic shapes and intense colors were created by stacking and gluing the shades and inserting an LED of the same color down the center. Clever, and even a little sexy.

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