Hot Tools at Gallery Libby Sellers

Monday, 24 September 2012

Product Design Masters students from influential Swiss design school ECAL are showing a range of exploratory glass works at London venue Gallery Libby Sellers this month.

Designer Ronan Bouroullec and glassblower Matteo Gonet challenged students to explore and test the limits of glass blowing, producing pieces that challenged the traditional methods of glass design and craft.

Tension/Expansion by Sarha Duquesne

Techniques included pouring glass into frames and moulds and incorporating other materials in unexpected ways to produce avant-garde prototypes. Exploratory tools were made by the students to lead the glass to take on new forms.

Stein by Felix Kilngmüller

Matteo Gonet explains, "Glass is used in a wide variety of areas, in a multitude of guises, thereby allowing plenty of scope for exploration. Since the material is basically technical in nature, tools have been used from the beginning of time to process glass."

Mould in Motion by Philipp Grundhӧfer

Included in the show are pieces by graduate designers Rita Botelho, Diane du Chaxel, Sarha Duquesne, Philipp Grundhӧfer, Felix Kilngmüller, Charles Mathis, Giulio Parini and Jung-Cheng Su. Hot Tools runs at Gallery Libby Sellers until 29th September 2012.