Human Nature




V&A Commission

In 2014, the entrance to the V&A’s Glass Galleries was transformed by a site specific work created by the Paris-based designer, Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert.

During a visit to Glashütte Lamberts in Waldsassen, Germany – one of the oldest mouth-blown glass factories in the world – Wintrebert was struck by the piles of freshly made glass cylinders, waiting to be flattened out to create panes of glass.

“I was fascinated by how beautiful and simple they were,” he explained. “My curiosity and fascination peaked. I instinctively wanted to create something out of these. I saw them as a part of something bigger, something beyond being a unit in a production line.”

Taking inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement’s attempts to “bring the beauty of nature back into our lives” and working in close collaboration with leading glass specialist Vessel Gallery and supporters Perrier-Jouët, Wintrebert’s installation played with the balance of light and form, as well as the paradoxical strength and fragility of glass.

“Every cylinder is hand-blown and therefore unique,” he said. “By stopping the process before it becomes a window and displaying it in our lives, I am saying that something totally handmade and extremely simple can enhance beauty in our lives and therefore enhance our experiences in a positive way. This seems so important.”

Supported by Perrier-Jouet

London Design Festival at the V&A

The London Design Festival at the V&A

For 2017, the Festival will continue its unique collaboration with the world’s leading Museum of art, design and performance. As the central hub location for the London Design Festival for the eighth year, the V&A will again house a broad range of commissioned activity which will be spread throughout the Museum and include installations, events, talks and workshops.

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