The Czech glassmaking and design company LASVIT is introducing three new products – it has designed and created three interior walls as part of the new product line LASVIT Art Walls (LAW). These artistic, architectural pieces are called Impasto, Curtain and Tapestry, and their fine glass gives any interior a whole new dimension, and a spark of true beauty. The designs author is Wanda Valihrachová, member of the LASVIT design team.
The glassmaking and design company LASVIT intended the Art Wall series to be the perfect choice for the sector of hotels and accommodations, restaurants, private residencies, modern yachts and office spaces, as well as the public sector. Art Walls are unique, functional and give any space an artful ambience.
Apart from the artistic rendering, the new walls must also fulfill criteria of functionality, such as the partitioning of space, dampening of sound, and partial obfuscation. In the post-pandemic world, the glass partitions can also provide functional design and are perfect for facilitating social distancing. This year, the glass walls will allow people to feel safe in public and business settings, from retail to restaurants and bars.
Van Gogh’s Impressionist impasto as an interior art feature
The Impasto walls carries the same name as the famous painting technique used by post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, which was later adopted by the Expressionists, such as Willem de Koonig. The impasto technique consists of applying the paint on the surface in thick dabs, usually strong enough to make visible the artist’s paint strokes. And that’s exactly how the Impasto interior walls look – as if thickly painted by a brush.
Since its first appearance, the Impasto technique has served multiple purposes. It makes light refract in the interior and gives the entire space a dash of expressivity. In painting, impasto was used to give a two-dimensional plane a third dimension and an almost sculptural feel.
The swirling brush strokes make Impasto vibrant with energy and make for a more colorful and beautiful interior environment. Just like Expressionist painting, Impasto is visually quite striking, and so it fits best with rather streamlined and minimalist interiors.
LASVIT’s interior Impasto walls and partitions are also attractive in their vibrant color scheme – there are currently ten color combinations available, ranging from grey to light blue. The possibilities of combining color according to the interior type or the client’s wishes are virtually endless. During the manufacturing process, the craftsmen must take good care to preserve the particular qualities of the glass material, and so each single piece of Impasto is its own, unique original.
Impasto is variable not only in its colors, but also its shapes, as it can be combined in almost any pattern. Impasto features six standard components which vary in height, width and method of fastening (pipe or wire). We also offer four types of fastening – two methods of fastening Impasto to the floor (with pipes lined up in a line and with tops either higher or aligned with the glass sheets), one method for fastening to the floor and ceiling on wiring, and one for fastening to the floor and ceiling on pipes.
Curtain: Streamlined partitions
In the past, the curtains of theater and stage performances were designed so that they might fulfill not only purposes of decoration, but also mask backstage preparations. And just like a theater curtain, LASVIT’s Curtain gives any interior a sense of privacy, without becoming closed in on itself.
The defining features of Curtain are certainly its elegant, subdued color scheme (clear, grey, smokey and blue-grey), which are accessorized with three variants of glass finish. The first variant consists of long, vertical strips. The second one is reminiscent of draperies – meaning the artistic rendition of textiles and garments on sculptures and paintings. The third structure is a subdued grid structure, as if a rough textile were imprinted on the glass.
LASVIT offers the Curtain Art Wall in one standardized dimension, mounted on a stainless pipe. The size of the glass component itself is set at 2,2 meters. Thanks to their individual fastening to the floor, the individual pieces are self-standing, and they can also be set up in an arc.
One of the most interesting features of Curtain is the ability to turn the individual components at the drop of a hat, and thus create either more or less intimacy in the space at any given moment. Curtain can in this way accommodate the interior’s function to various needs throughout the day.
Tapestries of artful glass are uniquely attractive
The Tapestry Art Wall takes its name from woven images, so-called “tapestries” which make simple textiles into storytelling pieces of art. Tapestries have often decorated the walls of palaces, castles and chateaus, and have become the pride of museums such as the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum in New York, as well as being prized possessions of the Vatican’s Sixtine Chapel collections. In LASVIT’s contemporary design idiom, the Tapestry wall can adorn world-class hotels, concert halls, theaters, residencies with high ceilings or any other large enough space.
Traditional tapestries have always been considered monumental achievements of artisan craft, and walls such as LASVIT’s Tapestry also draw heavily on the legacy of craft and manual work. LASVIT is also very dedicated to fostering appreciation for handicraft and artisanal works.
The Tapestry Art Wall consists of bent glass which winds its way throughout, much like a thread through a woven tapestry, and give the impression that the glass is rippling. Through the effective laying of the glass, the wall does not need to play with the color scheme, and the elegance of the curves is adorned only by pronounced vertical structures. Just like Curtain, LASVIT’s Tapestry offers three types of structures – vertical stripes, drapery and grid. The glass elements are always sized at 60 x 40 centimeters.
Thanks to three possible types of fastening, Tapestry is a fitting solution for a wide range of interiors and uses. The first option is fastened to the floor, which allows it to reach a height of 3 meters. The second option is to fasten it onto a wall, with Tapestry functioning as a form of tiling, and the third allows it to be fastened to both the floor and ceiling.
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