LASVIT exhibition at palazzo serbelloni offers journey from historic to contemporary glassmaking
'praha' by stanisalv libensky 120 x 2200 mm hand-blown clear glass
‘praha’ by stanislav libensky were designed for and installed in the hotel praha — a prominent architectural project completed during the 1980s. a representation of the best of contemporary design, it was later torn down on the premise of being ‘too large to operate’. civic efforts to preserve it as a cultural monument failed, and the lights are among the few remaining artefacts. in his chandelier, libensky used varying thicknesses of glass to create a play of rays and shadows on the fixtures themselves, as well as their surrounding interiors. natural light creates a positive/negative image pattern directly on the glass. the composition of the fixtures in various shapes and heights enables diverse effects, from a fireball look to more delicate forms resembling a kaleidoscope. these distinctive features, along with their variability of use, make the ‘praha’ lights a timeless design. the collection is now part of LASVIT’s product line-up and reproduced using the original techniques.