soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series
soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series
may 14, 2016

soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series

soft blown glass meets hard metal plates for harry allen esque lighting series
all images by rune stokmo




for the second time, new york-based designer harry allen and portland-based glassmakers esque studio have collaborated on a collection of objects that juxtapose soft glass silhouettes against hard metal forms. presented at heller gallery from now until may 28, 2016, the ‘harry allen esque’ lighting series comprises water-jet cut metal plates, into which fluid glass shapes are hand blown. the highly experimental development process yields a collection of luminaries that lie at the intersection of design, craft, and art. ‘going into it, we really don’t know what to expect,’ allen describes. ‘it’s a learning process, but we have gotten good at identifying what is interesting and beautiful and doubling down on that.’

the objects juxtapose soft glass silhouettes against hard metal forms




the resulting forms are physically shaped by the process of their making. grotesque forms are softened by a bright, sophisticated color palette and material application. ‘we are defining a new technique as well as a new aesthetic, so it can be stressful,’ andi kovel of esque studio says. ‘there is some loss along the way, but when we get in the groove its almost as if the pieces come to life by themselves. the end result often equals more than the sum of its parts.’


the exhibition coincides with new york design week 2016, with a special reception for the occasion held on may 13th, 2016 at heller gallery.

soft glass shapes are juxtaposed against hard metal forms

blown glass is shaped around metal geometries

grotesque forms are softened by a bright, sophisticated color palette

glass intersects water-jet cut metal plates

fluid glass shapes are hand blown around the metal sheets

soft tones temper the hard metal material application

a cool glow is emitted from the back of a luminaire

hanging variations are presented alongside tabletop versions

the glass is shaped by the intersection of the metal plate

the exhibition coincides with new york design week 2016

installation view at heller gallery, new york

  • An amazing series that should be seen. A wonderful collaboration that I would like to see work together again in the future. The installation at Heller is astounding.

    Rob Edwards says:

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