Cuttings by Martino Gamper
J. HILL’S STANDARD, a new mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal maker from Waterford, Ireland is to launch its first two collections – by Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings – at the world renowned Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 (8th–13th April). J. HILL’s Standard represents the marriage of centuries old craft and fresh design thinking. Working with master craftsmen and an international stable of designers, this new company seeks to introduce crystal design that is relevant, desirable and useful to the modern consumer.
Cuttings – has been designed by the Italian-born, London-based designer Martino Gamper. As the ultimate contemporary craftsman, Gamper has brought a great deal of skill to the J. HILL’s Standard collaboration.
Martino Gamper is a natural interventionist – cutting to create shape and interest is characteristic of his work. For J. HILL’s Standard Gamper worked directly with the crystal, removing the material in a manner that felt instinctive, free and pleasing. The result is a series of three distinctive cuts that appear across a family of functional tableware.
This series features strong, intuitive marks confidently hewn out of the surface of lead crystal. The process of making cuts in this instance is less about applied decoration and closer to sculpture, hence the series name.
The tactile crystal forms feel rugged and primitive in the hand; fingers naturally seek out the smooth hollows and crisp ridges of the cuts. The Cuttings collection of glasses are easy to live with and lend themselves to many uses. The Cuttings series includes a champagne glass, a wine and beer glass and a carafe that can also be used as a vase.
Gamper says: “My approach to the technique for this collection is about revealing the potential of the cutting process. The glasses feature deep and expressive cuts far beyond the usual superficial and decorative surface.” Taken from the press release.
Photography by Tom Brown