chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean
chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean
feb 27, 2015

chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean

chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean
all images courtesy of andré teoman




‘chartres’ is a stained-glass chandelier by andré teoman studios. the chandelier attempts to show a traditional technique in a contemporary fashion. to do so, teoman started to break the typical association between religion and stained glass. while still emphasizing story telling, he focused the story around man rather than god. on the light, are humorous and ironic representations of the circle of life. it uses six different glasses to alter lighting based on the emotional content within each pane. meant for more than simply illuminating your home, ‘chartres’ is also a study in sentiment.  

chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean
sketches and artwork




the six panes are attached to a dark oak gridded-structure with brass detailing. the product is handmade by northern portuguese craftsmen, giving sustainable income to an area plagued by economic crisis. ‘chartres’ is adjustable both in distance to the ceiling, and in inclination, so light can altered or directed in any direction. the dimensions of the piece are 1650mm x 1650 mm x 260 and weighs approximately 40kg.  




video courtesy of andré teoman



chartres by andré teoman questions what stained-glass can mean
stained glass 

detail of panes

detail of panes 2

installation of ‘chartres’

teoman wanted to break from the religious overtone of the stained glass technique

selecting glass to be used

cutting glass 




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  • Thank you so much Designboom team!

    Kind Regards!

    Andre Teoman says:

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