Twenty individual designers in the mix, each tasked to make their own “hybrid object”, and the Shared Glass Workshop still managed to produce one completely seamless collection. At least that’s the impression you get from the almost all-white web page. Crystal clear pieces on concrete gray surface, with just the minimal streamlined shadows outlining each intricate creation.
This group of designers, all MFA Design students from VCUQatar and residents of the FABRICA design department, happen to come from everywhere: Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon. A contrasting crew put together to showcase the richness and “tension between community and uniqueness, characterized by the particular mix of interesting people, and what is possible when they talk together around a table”. But the result? A clean, yet intricate, collection of blown glass, and a decidedly not-tense way to display each designer’s own vision.