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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
84.5 x 41 x 59 cm  (33  1/4  x 16  1/8  x 23  1/4  in.)
2004
executed by Salviati, Murano, Italy for Vessel Gallery, London, England
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Literature

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”.

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