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Barovier&Toso presents a collection of luminous sculptures designed with Marcel Wanders Studio

8 June 2023

A special and original project


Polarities creates a bridge between constraints and possibilities, formulating a creative dimension that represents and identifies a powerful union of intent. Glass intertwines new trajectories and becomes a symbol of intangible dynamics, such as love and hate, past and future, universally recognized opposites addressed since antiquity by philosophers and poets, from East to West.

Dichotomy and interdependence… this is the eternal dualism behind the Polarities collection of luminous sculptures, created in a collaboration between Barovier&Toso and Marcel Wanders Studio. Extensive research and experimentation have led to remarkable results that combine the potential of Venetian Crystal, corporate heritage and visionary, contemporary and romantic ideas.

The collection, in a limited, numbered edition, is composed of six models, each in a series of just 21 pieces. In blown glass, sculpted by hand, they all have a square stone base containing a lighting component. The light makes the sculptures reveal a dual character, literally generating a transformation and offering a completely new interpretation of the work. This characteristic is the result of design that painstakingly exploits the properties of glass, such as transparency, distribution of colour and material effects, qualities that only exceptional experience can control and measure.

The use of specific techniques and forms of workmanship has been assessed and deployed for each individual model, coherently channelling their expressive power. All the sculptures in the Polarities series can establish a dialogue with the others, creating personal conceptual and artistic combinations.

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