At the recent DMY Berlin design festival a project that combines two of the three Grassi Museum specialities was honoured with a coveted DMY Award.
At a stretch you could even make it cover all three.
The story begins when Eindhoven Design Academy student Philipp Weber decided he wanted to learn more about glass blowing. He got to know the Belgian glass blower Christophe Genard, who brought Phillip ever deeper in to the mysteries of the craft.
And the deeper Phillip explored the more he understood that the craft had remained largely unchanged since the very first craftsman created blown glass.
And realised the reason.
The glass blower’s principle tool has remained largely unchanged since the very first craftsman created blown glass.
Where over the centuries artists and designers have developed ever new ways to form, colour, shape and decorate the blown object – they still blow through the one tube.
Together with Christophe Genard Phillip Weber set about changing this and developed a three tube system that allows the glass blower new options for forming the objects from within.
And because the parallel is fairly obvious, the Glass Blowers Trumpet was created.
A musical instrument for creating applied arts.
And if we assume Holland and Belgium to be foreign lands – then we have ethnography……
A few images from Philipp Weber – Creation of a strange Symphony as seen at DMY Berlin 2013.