Posted 7 years ago
So this is the second part of the previous post about the texturized glass items Nanny Still designed in 1967. It seems they were all inside a range called FANTASMA, although nowadays this name seems to refer only to one of the models in this eleven pieces range.
I am now showing you the QUADRIFOGLIA, FENOMENA and FLORENTINA items (I should have the FONTANA vase in green, too but due to the seller's badly wrapping it arrived in Madrid smashed into pieces :( so sad!). In these pieces you can see the same textures as in the CANDIDA vase and candleholder from my previous post.
The FENOMENA vase comes in two different sizes (22 and 28 cm. Tall), and the FLORENTINA bowl shows an amazingly proportioned shape, but the most espectacular of them three is the QUADRIFOGLIA vase, which has a massive appearance (but also its orange colour helps it gaining importance above the other pieces).
On the last pic you can see the nailed surface of the inner mould of one of these vases...
I am now copying the paragraph from the NANNY STILL, 45 YEARS OF DESIGN book where they talk about the process making of these vases, so you can all understand better the way they were made:
“Like Flindari, the Fantasma series was designed for an exhibitio. President Urho Kekkonen of Finland visited Belgim in 1967, in which connection the exhibition Duo Design was madefeaturing works by Nanny Still and Marjatta Metsovaara, both of whom resided in Brussels. The feast of colour of the 1960s was at its heightat the time, and also Nanny Still had momentarily lost her interest in geometric forms. The techniques and methods of glass productions naturally favoured geometric forms , while an ornamental variety of shapes required a metal mould for the still-mould process. There was neither time nor funds for developing these mould at this stage. Fortunately, a technical solution was developed: the interior of the wooden mould was nailed full of copper nails. The heads of the nails formed a decorative surface and protected the wooden mould from burning. For this exhibition, Fantasma, with its many variants, was blown in dark green, violet and black cased glass. It was also mass-produced in orange”.