Glass and ice are made in similar ways: a liquid substance is made into a solid one. The Frozen Lamp series from designer Maxim Velcovsky for lighting company Lasvit puts that similarity on display in a sophisticated set of pendant lights.
The hanging lights look like carefully formed ice that is just beginning to melt. The glass looks slightly elongated and liquid, as though it is reaching slowly toward the floor.
Each Frozen Lamp is individually hand-blown, making them all like small bespoke works of art. The glassblower must decide on the perfect time to pull the glass from the heat, creating a one-of-a-kind lighting fixture and freezing a singular moment in time.
The glass is thick enough to diffuse the light a little so each lamp gives off a warm glow. Due to the variance in the thickness of glass from one lamp to another, the diffusion differs between lamps. Whether hung separately or in a group, these ice-like Frozen Lamps are beautiful, nature-inspired, functional works of art.
“The Frozen collection was inspired by the transformation of water into ice. This moment is similar to work in a glassmaker shop. Creating a solid object from a liquid material is an essential characteristic of glass. Each designer attempts a small miracle –turning liquid glass to solid form. Velcovsky allows the glass to spill over a metal form and seeks advantage in its natural properties. Each piece traces a unique record of the process, becoming an original.”
“Maxim found inspiration among pieces of ice created by nature and applied that element of randomness in nature to his craft in the context of glassmaking. The result is a ‘frozen’ sculpture, combining the richness of glass textures, wrinkled details, bubbles and varied thicknesses. Frozen is a series in which no shape is possibly the same. Glassmakers understand their material always ‘freezes’ at some moment in the process and only the most skilled hands are capable of creating a unique form.”