celia-hanne's emissaire glass set at biennale design saint-etienne
celia-hanne's emissaire glass set at biennale design saint-etienne celia-hanne's emissaire glass set at biennale design saint-etienne
mar 20, 2015

celia-hanne's emissaire glass set at biennale design saint-etienne

celia-hanne’s emissaire glass set at biennale design saint-etienne
images © design studio celia-hannes




humans are born with an innate sense of imagination, a natural all-encompassing playfulness that like a good smile, reaches ear to ear. as we grow and age, life, trials, jobs, school, relationships and a million other things reduce ingenuity to a distant memory that only makes itself clear on occasions few and far between. but creativity isn’t a lost cause, and a brief pause from the technology and ever-connectedness of life may be the only kick the mind needs.

glass pieces and sketching



a set of ten individual hand blown glass objects, ’emissaire’, offers such a break. using shape, texture, and weight the artifacts aim to awaken a playful spirit, inviting the user to compose imaginary meditative thoughts and dreamscapes, even if only for a moment. the shapes were designed by célia picard and hannes schreckensberger of franco-austrian design studio celia-hannes, and are made of stemmed glass–forged from archived molds at the centre international d’art verrier in meisenthal, france. the simplicity of the casts gives each piece a uniqueness based solely on the craftsmen’s savoir-faire. each piece has a touch of soul that hopefully, will extend to the hearts and minds of those who interact with them.


’emissaire’ is on exhibit at biennale international design saint-etienne 2015 as part of artifact #B–curated by noémie bonnet-saint-georges.

production process at the atelier of CIAV

glass being blown

archived casts used in ’emissaire’

form study



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