Jan Plecháč & Henry Wielgus created a collection of suspended lights for Lasvit, showcasing Czech crystal at its most resilient and lively form. The duo created Moulds as a series that puts emphasis on the contrast between the delicacy of crystal, and the rustic beauty of wooden forms. The collection was introduced at the 2014 Milan Design Week.
The idea came when we came across a warehouse filled with old wooden moulds that Lasvit had in their archive. We were absolutely fascinated by the thought that something as delicate and pure in terms of form could be born out of something as raw and elementally primitive as charred glassmakers’ forms.
Moulds captures a “specific moment when molten glass resists its expected shape and freely escapes from the mould as a random, amorphous bubble”.
We successfully attempted to create a light that blends the elegance of crystal with the rustic beauty of wooden forms, pounded together with iron cramps. Our design takes its strength from the rougher side of the traditional glass craft that stands behind its production.
Integrated LEDs were set directly within the charred form, “creating an impression that the heat and energy of the glassmaker’s kiln remained inside, in historic reference to the art of Czech glassmakers”.
About Jan Plecháč & Henry Wielgus:
Jan Plechac (born 1984) and Henry Wielgus (born 1982) met during their studies at AAAD (The Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague) where they first collaborated. After Jan Plechac exhibited his thesis work at Salone Sattellite 2011, he gained much attention from gallery owners and well-known manufacturers. In 2012 Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus founded studio Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus.
Design: Jan Plecháč & Henry Wielgus
Dimensions: Small (Dia 180 x 350 mm +L), Medium (Dia 230 x 420 mm + L), Large (Dia 290 x 520 mm + L)
Light Source: Small (GU 10 max 40W), Medium (GU 11 max 40W), Large (GU 12 max 40W)
Weight: Small (3kg), Medium (4kg), Large (6kg)
Primary material: Hand-blown glass
*All images and information courtesy of Lasvit.