Glass collections 'Cut & Paste' and 'Upgrade'
The Transformation of the Preserving Jar
How does one transform mundane material like industrial glass into something desirable and curious? Lausanne designer Tomas Kral has created a seductive glass collection using several strategies of enhancement. In his 'Cut & Paste' series, he started with conventional preserving jars and milk bottles, cutting them apart and reassembling them. In this way, he came up with new, unexpectedly sensual forms that do not entirely deny their origins and yet have a seductive appeal that makes them quite exclusive. Kral, who also has a diploma in 'Luxury Design', thus demonstrates the potential elegance of recycled glass. The ability to enhance a banal material is further demonstrated in the technique of glass cutting. The designs applied to industrial glass in 'Upgrade' are conventionally seen only in high-quality crystal glass. The effect is astonishing: The ordinary source material has become beautifully seductive. Trained at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Kral loves to experiment with materials and boldly subverts the conventions of handcrafted work. In his 'Twist' vases, for instance, he exploits the organic appearance of irregularities caused by blowing glass in wooden moulds. These irregularities are of particular interest to him, turning a so-called mistake into a principle of design. And in devising the shape of a decanter, he set himself a very special task: How can one object be used to pour both water and wine? 'Molecule', with a chamber for each of the two liquids, shows us. It is playful and yet functional. Tomas Kral's design strategies are surprising, humorous and exuberant. It is a delight to note that his (luxury) objects retain a refreshingly ordinary functionality.