Lot 123
  • 123

Thomas Heatherwick

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Thomas Heatherwick
  • 'Please Keep off the Glass' Chair Sculpture, from the 'Salviati Meets London' Project
  • engraved Thomas Heatherwick per Salviati: no 6/12 
    from an edition of 12 + 1 P
  • blown glass


Thomas Heatherwick and Maisie Rowe, Thomas Heatherwick: Making, London, 2012, pp. 305, 307, 603

Catalogue Note

Famed for his adventurous take on architecture, Heatherwick created the ‘Keep off the Glass’ series as an experiment to push the boundaries of the delicate material, using a traditional technique normally reserved for vases. Working closely with Murano’s famed master glass-blowers, the chair was assembled using ultra violet adhesive and can support the weight of a human being. Although initially Heatherwick’s studio was aiming to use the process to create a chair, it could be said that a vase inevitably appeared: “Our chair was made out of open-ended bubbles, the back was a perfect vessel for flowers and water, and that unwittingly we had made a vase anyway”.