Mon­sters Inc

Czech light­ing spe­cial­ist Lasvit in­vited renowned de­sign­ers to plumb the depths of their psy­ches as in­spi­ra­tion for a spec­tac­u­lar new range of glass art. Jacqueline Kot high­lights some of the sto­ries be­hind the cre­ations

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Lasvit show­cases mon­strous glass sculp­tures cre­ated by renowned de­sign­ers

Some peo­ple think of mon­sters as fan­tasy crea­tures, oth­ers as happy, al­beit mis­un­der­stood, car­toon char­ac­ters or as handy em­bod­i­ments of po­lit­i­cal is­sues. Lasvit har­nessed all this in an in­stal­la­tion ti­tled Mon­ster Cabaret dur­ing Mi­lan De­sign Week in which it un­veiled a col­lec­tion of glass­works, some limited edi­tions, by 17 de­sign­ers in­spired by the mon­ster theme.

Mon­ster Cabaret was housed in Teatro Gero­lamo, a cosy theatre for pup­petry dat­ing back to 1868 whose or­nate in­te­ri­ors pro­vided an in­ter­est­ing vis­ual back­drop for the var­i­ous in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the word mon­ster on dis­play.

Vis­i­tors were greeted by a tower of screens designed by Lasvit’s creative di­rec­tor, Maxim Vel­cˇovský. Ti­tled The In­de­pen­dant—a port­man­teau of the words in­de­pen­dent and pen­dant—the in­stal­la­tion fea­tured 111 screens broad­cast­ing var­i­ous images. Vel­cˇovský was in­spired by the street-cor­ner pil­lars of yes­ter­year that fea­tured the news for peo­ple to read. “The In­de­pen­dant is a bill­board of its time,” says Vel­cˇovský, per­haps al­lud­ing to var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues around the world that can also be seen as mon­strous.

In ad­di­tion to the dis­plays, there were reg­u­lar per­for­mances from a Prague bur­lesque group—the cabaret por­tion of the name. With its mix of whimsy, her­itage and thought­pro­vok­ing el­e­ments, the Mon­ster Cabaret was in Mi­lan to make a state­ment and it did not dis­ap­point, gar­ner­ing the Mi­lano De­sign Award for the in­stal­la­tion that best achieved its de­sign con­cept. Here, we high­light some of the glass­works from the col­lec­tion.

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