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Douglas Vase 10th Anniversary: When Fire Meets Wood

Part of Oui Design 2018

Vase Douglas, François Azambourg © Fillioux & Fillioux, 2008

The Douglas Vase is a series of blown glass created by French designer François Azambourg in 2007, in collaboration with the International Glass Art Center (CIAV) in Meisenthal, France. During his research, Azambourg focused on revolutionizing the mold, a key tool for serial vase production. After testing various wood species, Azambourg found the softwood Douglas Fir, and instantly associated its outstanding shaping capability with his project. With the unique surface texture and the inventive spirit embedded in the creative process, the Douglas Vase marked a significant stage of François Azambourg’s career, and the pioneering position of the CIAV.

In celebration of the Douglas Vase’s 10th anniversary, François Azambourg and the glassmakers from Meisenthal decided to revisit the Douglas Glass Series, and produced more than 200 unique pieces and glassware sets in France in 2017. In New York, they will collaborate with glassmaker and designer Leo Tecosky and the Brooklyn Glass studio to create a new series on the Douglas Vase. The resulting pieces will be displayed at WantedDesign Brooklyn, along with the original series produced at CIAV and documentation about the process.

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■  Don’t miss the public demo by François Azambourg, Leo Tecosky and the glassworkers team on Tuesday May 15 from 1 to 4PM at Brooklyn Glass Lab.

Brooklyn Glass Lab.
142 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY. 11215

WantedDesign Brooklyn
Industry City
274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

As part of Oui Design, a program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with FACE Foundation, supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional support for women designers has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

Additional support for the Douglas Vase project has been provided by Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA) and XL Airways.