Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 7, 2018

Today, we think of architects as people who design buildings, construct skylines, and help create the visual identities of our cities and towns. But at the turn of the 20th century, a group of progressive architects also designed all aspects of interior decoration.  They rejected mass-produced objects that simply imitated older styles, believing their role was to seamlessly integrate craftsmanship and modern design into daily life.  Glass, furniture, Ceramics, textiles, books, fashion  accessories, and even silverware played an important role in completing this new artistic vision.

Glass Provided opportunities to explore modern aesthetics. Building on existing traditions of glassmaking and leveraging networks of technical and design schools across Central Europe, this new aesthetic in glass was promoted on a global scale at exhibitions and by manufactures and retailers.  Austrian glass from 1900 to 1937 emerged from a confluence of ideas, individuals, and cultures, capturing a spirit of modernity.

This is the opening statement from a new show call:  “Glass of the Architects“(active link)  at the Corning Museum of Glass.  This post does not do justice to this excellent new exhibition.  It is must see show.


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