Salviati ‘Decodes and Recodes’ Hand-blown Glass Craftsmanship

Salviati, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art glass factories, presents for Milan Design Week ’Decode/ Recode’, an installation pushing the limits of traditional glass craftsmanship, making the best use of a unique savoir-faire and attitude, with a confidence given by over 150 years of expertise. The unique collaboration between two creative talents from different backgrounds, and a company with a great prestige in the glass field, results in an immersive installation where the beauty of glass is enhanced by light.

This year, Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham, Salviati explored the theme of modularity with glass through ‘Pyrae’ and ‘Strata’, two glowing installations populating the space in two joined warehouses in the heart of Ventura Centrale district. ‘Decode/Recode’ represents the deciphering of the designer’s ideas and their recoding in glass products.

Pyrae hall hosts 53 illuminated figures, each formed by the simple stacking of unique hand-blown glass elements. Composed in different sequences and placed upon each other, 25 unique modules, each formed using 10 traditional making techniques and 15 colors, allow for the creation of over ten-thousands of unique combinations.

A study in modularity, the layering of delicate and unique glass elements, characterizes the Strata hall – where large-scale configurations of a repeated module showcase the potential for organizing a single piece into a powerfully composition of size and color.

Photography by Maurizio Polese & Mattia Balsamini