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GIT II: Second report of the workskop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet

The second GLASS IS TOMORROW II workshop took place at the Domaine de Boisbuchet (FR), from 8 until 14 September 2013.
We teamed up with CIRECA (Centre International de Recherche et d’Education Culturelle et Agricole), The Corning Museum of Glass and the Glass Lab™ tutoring by Paul Haigh.

Emphasis was placed under the theme of ‘Liquid Fusion’.

Glass is Tomorrow participating designers and CMoG GlassLab™team:

Claire Baldeck
Stephane Halmaï-Voisard
David Hanauer
Louis Thompson
Terese William Waenerlund
Flavie Audi
Jeanne Gautier
Verena Schatz (GlassLab™)
George Kennard (GlassLab™)
Amy Kruger (GlassLab™)
Carl Siglin (GlassLab™)

We warmly invite you to discover the video of the creative process and atmosphere of this week at Boisbuchet!
Video by Anne Croquet (BE)


Design Talk - 30 Nov, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Design Talk is a round-table creative discussion to tackle the question “What is curation in Asia?” We will be joined by designers, industry experts, journalists and bloggers from around the world.

Florence Coirier is founder of buyMeDesign and ‘curator of cool things.’ She will be hosting the evening’s discussion. Florence has an eye for curation and is passionate about revealing emerging designs and designers in Asia and beyond.

Michael Young is a British born industrial designer who is now based in Hong Kong. Over his career he has worked with global names and has been creative director of a number of design festivals.

Lui Tong is a strategic entrepreneur in China’s luxury market, with a passion for fashion. Tong has worked as a buyer and brand manager for Lane Crawford as well as developing her own brands.

William To is Project Director of Hong Kong Design Centre and Creative and Programme Director at PMQ. To is therefore a mainstay of Hong Kong’s design community.

Hubert Verstraeten and Tamawa have created a range of bright and bold plastic accessories with a passion for the production process. He is a knowledgeable designer with a keen interest in Asia.

Lise Coirier is founder and editor in chief of TL Magazine. She has been involved in a range of successful publications, projects, and events that promote contemporary design in Belgium.

Arnault Castel is owner of Kapok design stores in Hong Kong and Moleskine distributor in Asia. He has scoured the world for compelling designs to bring to Hong Kong.

Daniel Kong is a prominent fashion writer and blogger in Hong Kong. His own blog, Black Renaissance, was named as an influential Chinese fashion blog by Independent Fashion Bloggers.

Wanderlister is an architect and interior designer by day and moonlights as a style writer and blogger. His blog collects all that is hot in art, fashion, design and architecture in Asia and beyond.

Design Talk
Saturday Nov 30th 2013
From 6.15 pm

Mini Hotel
8 Sun Wui Road,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong


Get Ready for Bed: In bed with Designers 30 Nov – 1 Dec, Hong Kong

1 week-end
3 floors
50 designers
A brilliant chance to experience unique, emerging creations during the 1st Hong Kong Designers Week curated by buyMeDesign.

Beginning a promising partnership with the Mini Hotel, buyMeDesign is setting up a design pop-up boutique sleep-over on 30th Nov and 1st Dec 2013 and a showroom.

Curated designers’ gifts ranging from home decor, lighting, fashion accessories, tech gadgets, jewelry, stationery and more. All available for purchase from industry buyers, enthusiasts, and visitors.

Want to be involved in Hong Kong’s brand new innovative design event and have the chance to purchase unique works from emerging global designers? Click here to keep up with the latest.

Saturday Nov 30th 1:30 pm – 11 pm
Sunday Dec 1st 11:00 am – 6pm

Sleeping arrangements:
Mini Hotel
8 Sun Wui Road,
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Media Event: Saturday 30th
5.00 pm: Drinks and Networking
5.30 pm: Media Tour of Designer Rooms
6.15 pm: Design Talk
8.20 pm: PechaKucha Night Hong Kong organized by ChowPourianLab

In bed With Designers is also pleased to partner with Maison & Objet Asia, Belgian Spirit, Pro Materia and Art Map Hong Kong.
The organisers of MAISON&OBJET are establishing an Asian edition of their show in Singapore from the 10th until 13th of March 2014.
The MAISON&OBJET ASIA team has just finished a 10-day pre-salon tour of five Asian cities and is looking out for rising talents of tomorrow in Asia.

Belgian Spirit Belgian architecture, design and fashion in Asia through Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BoDW).
In bed With Designers event is inspired by Designr-rdv, the “Belgian Designers Rooms” Pop-up event at the White Hotel Brussels (2006-2009) curated by Pro Materia Association.

We look forward to sleeping with…umm… showcasing with you!


Arik Levy x Poujoulat Group / TF

Poujoulat Group recently commissioned a monumental sculpture to world renowned artist Arik Levy and presented it within the group stand at Interclima, at Paris Nord Villepinte from 4 – 8 November 2013. Pro Materia introduced Arik Levy to the group and participated into the creative process of promoting and communicating around this art work which is now part of the corporate identity and strategy of Poujoulat, the leading European manufacturer of stainless steel chimneys and flues.

Attractive, reflective, poetic, sculptural and monumental, RockGrowth is created by multi-talented artist Arik Levy, realized by Tôlerie Forézienne / TF. Located in the region of Saint-Etienne (FR), TF as part of Poujoulat group works with stainless steel tubes and since 2007, has specialized in the know how and crafts that use metal as a source of innovation, project includes urban furniture, custom made creations for private and institutional clients and various art and design projects. Bespoke projects and the quest for uniqueness and perpetual design are the driving forces behind this imposing sculpture: RockGrowth – measuring 4 m in height and embodying an artistic and technical achievement completed by a team of manufacturers in less than 6 weeks who strived to respect each stage of the semi-artisan process. Alongside Arik Levy’s studio, TF has been involved on each vital production stage from cutting, shaping and finishing the polished miroir stainless steel forms, to the installation of this great sculpture at Interclima on Poujoulat booth.

The concept of Rockgrowth

RockGrowth is a representation of Arik’s on-going project ‘Absent Nature’,“an investigation of genetic intimacy, bio-mimicry and patterns of nature alongside the social codes and rational understanding of our environment.”

According to the artist, his inspiration comes from “The impossible assumption – from a biological point of view – of planting a ‘Rock’ (mineral) as a vegetal seed and observing, as a witness, its germination process and growth, taking part of an evolving nature within its genetic intimacy, contemplating the natural progress of growth, generate new landscapes of forms and scales.”


Glass is Tomorrow II: First report of the workskop in The Glass Factory of Boda

The first GLASS IS TOMORROW II workshop took place in Boda (SE), from 7 until 12 July 2013 in very close collaboration with our local Swedish partner The Glass Factory. We have explored the theme of Mixed Media, deply rooted in the culture of the region.

Glass is Tomorrow participants (designers and blowers): – Dina Baïtassova (FR) – Nathalie Dewez (BE) – Simon Kashmir Holm (SE) – Matti Klenell (SE) – Eino Mäkelä (FI) – Fredrik Nielsen (SE) – Camille Roger (FR) – Vanessa Royant (FR) – Jeremy Wintrebert (FR) – Pia Wüstenberg (UK)

If you wish to discover the creative process and atmosphere of this week, we invite you to watch the GIT II video report of Boda’s workshop
here !
A video by Anne Croquet (BE)


Glass is Tomorrow II: Second workshop

The second Glass is Tomorrow II workshop is closing our summer season!

WHEN? 8-14 September 2013

WHERE? Domaine de Boisbuchet, France
LOCAL PARTNER? Domaine de Boisbuchet with The Corning Museum of Glass, US and The GlassLab™

PARTICIPANTS : 5 postgraduated students from different parts of Europe.
Claire Baldeck (FR), Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard (CA/CH), David Hanauer , Louis Thompson , Terese Waenerlund
Anne Croquet (FR) – photo / video
 Anne Croquet

Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013
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Glass is Tomorrow II: First workshop

The first Glass is Tomorrow II workshop will open up the Summer season!

WHEN? 7-12 July 2013

, Sweden
LOCAL PARTNER? Boda’s Glass Factory

PARTICIPANTS : Pia Wüstenberg, (UK), Matti Klenell, (SE), Fredrik Nielsen (SE), Vanessa Royant, Camille Roger (FR), (FR) Dina Baïtassova (FR) Eino Mäkelä (FI) Simon Kashmir Holm (SE) Nathalie Dewez, (BE), Jeremy Wintrebert, (FR)
Anne Croquet (FR) – photo / video
 Anne Croquet,

Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Program 2007-2015
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Glass is Tomorrow II - Just launched on 1st June 2013 !

After the success of GLASS IS TOMORROW, Pro Materia and its partners have the pleasure to announce the launching of GLASS IS TOMORROWGIT II.

In its second phase which has started up on 1st June 2013 and will last until 31 May 2015, GLASS IS TOMORROWGIT II will aim at collaborating further with high end glass centers and postgraduate education departments specialized into glass design, in order to increase the quality of the glass production in Europe and the awareness of the European glass culture, tradition and innovations towards the professional world and the general public (including the applied arts and design collectors). The evolution of the project will enhance both the pedagogy and the profession of glass design and making.

There will be 2 professional production residencies at the partners’ glass factories The Glass Factory, in Boda (SE) and the CIAV, in Meisenthal (FR), which will be organized parallel to a series of 3 postgraduate workshops along with specialized schools – departments glass and ceramics – and glass research centers (ESADSE – School of High Education in Art and Design of Saint-Etienne, The Royal College of Arts – RCA, in London, and CIRECA/Domaine de Boisbuchet, with the Corning Glass Museum – Glass Lab” from New York City, US).

HOW? 5 workshops

WHEN? 7-12 July 2013 (SE), 8-13 September 2013 (FR), October/November 2013 (FR)
, May 2014 (FR), Spring 2015 (UK)
WHERE? Boda’s Glass Factory (SE) Domaine de Boisbuchet with CIRECA and Glass Lab (FR) Verrerie de Saint-Just with ESADSE Saint-Etienne (FR) CIAV Meisenthal, (FR) and the RCA – Royal College of Art in London (UK)
WHO? Each workshop hosts tandems of professional designers or postgraduated students and glass makers

WHAT? Co-creation of around thirty prototypes of utilitarian glass objects within a theme

RESULT? A reference publication, video documentary and photographic portfolio by Anne Croquet, in combination with a touring exhibition in Europe

 Pro Materia
, BE- Centre International d’Art Verrier, CIAV, FR – Vessel Gallery, UK – ESADSE – École supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Étienne, FR The Glass Factory, Boda, SE – The RCA – Royal College of Art, London, UK

Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013
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GLASS IS TOMORROW - fourth venue - 3/5-1/6/2013, Ampersand House, Brussels, BE

The fourth and last exhibition takes place at Ampersand House & Gallery
Ampersand House and Gallery, is a gallery of art and design located in a maison de maître in central Brussels. This curated gallery is a constantly evolving living environment mixing vintage, contemporary and prototype work to inspire a dialogue with and between collectors and creatives.
In this environnement, the glass pieces are seen from another angle, as living objects, they seize the space and reveal an other aspect of their beauty and reality.

30 rue Tasson Snel, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium.
During exhibitions, the gallery is opened to the public from Wednesday through to Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Outside exhibition times, visitors are welcome by appointment. Contact by email or telephone:
Ike Udechuku 
+32 479 821 976
Kathryn Smith 
+32 479 821 986


GLASS IS TOMORROW - third venue - 8-14/4/2013, MOST SALONE, Milan, IT

GLASS IS TOMORROW is proud to continue its exhibition tour during Milan Design Week 2013. The European journey goes on at the MOST SALONE,. This space is giving us the opportunity to expose the 60 glass objects in a new and powerfull way.where the display can take a completely different visual impact.

MOST Salone 
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via Olona 6B, 20123 Milan, Italy. 
Exhibition from 8 until 14 April 2013, 10 am – 9 pm except Wedn 10 and Sund 14 April until 6 pm – Opening: Tuesday 9 April, press preview: Monday 8 April from 3 pm

Check the website and link: GLASS IS TOMORROW at MOST


GLASS IS TOMORROW - second venue - 14-31/3/2013, Saint-Etienne, FR

Pro Materia and its co-organizing partners, Centre international des Arts verriers – CIAV, Verreum, Iittala, and Vessel Gallery, are pleased to announce the second venue of the exhibition GLASS IS TOMORROW, which is organized thanks to the support of the International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne, with a scenography by Arik LevySAAZSQUANTUM GLASS (Saint-Gobain) / SAINT-JUST GLASSWORKS and ROBBA.
After its successful first step at A Glass House in Paris, GLASS IS TOMORROW’s collection and videos will be on display from 14 until 31 March 2013 in the central building of Saint-Etienne Design Biennial. Over sixty prototypes have been produced during three workshops organized in 2011-2012 in Nuutajärvi (Finland), Nový Bor (Czech Republic) and Meisenthal (France). These new typologies will be exhibited, after Paris and Saint-Etienne, in a series of other European cities. Discover the 60 glass objects on site in a new prefiguration of the space and perception.

Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial
Cité du Design – hall H
Opening hours: 10 am – 7 pm
From 14 until 31 March
Opening: Wednesday 13 March (by invitation only).
Press preview from 10 am


GLASS IS TOMORROW touring exhibition starts on Th. 17 Jan 2013 in Paris

GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European network, which was launched on 1ste June 2011, with the support of the Culture programme (2007-2013) of the European Union. The project aims at establishing a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals from all over Europe.

On Thursday 17th January 2013, Pro Materia & Quantum Glass, Centre international des Arts verriers – CIAV, Iittala, Verreum, Vessel Gallery are pleased to invite you to the inaugural exhibition GLASS IS TOMORROW on Thursday 17 January 2013, from 7 pm, at A Glass House in Paris, France.

Download the invitation in french here and in english here
If you attend the opening, get a chance to pick up a copy of Glass is Tomorrow Special Edition, co-published by Pro Materia and NewTLmag.

Discover 60 original works resulting from the outstanding collaboration between international designers and glass makers during three workshops which were organized in 2011 and 2012 in Finland, Nuutajärvi – Czech Republic, Novy Bor and France, Meisenthal.
Concept & Art direction: Lise Coirier, Pro Materia, assisted by Laurence Van den Abbeele & Sarah Ledant
Scenography: Arik Levy in collaboration with SAAZS, supported by ROBBA
Graphic design: kidnapyourdesigner, Léa Dupuis & Elke Scholiers

Exhibition from 18 January until 22 February 2013
Opening hours : 10 am – 1 pm / 2 – 6 pm

A Glass House – 4, Passage Saint-Avoye, F- 75003 Paris
(access : 8, rue Rambuteau)
Metro station : Rambuteau/ Parking Pompidou

After Paris, GLASS IS TOMORROW will travel in several other cities across Europe.

You want to participate in the next steps of the project as a designer or a glass maker, please do not hesitate to contact us:
For media requests:
T. +32 (0) 2 768 25 10,


Glass is Tomorrow : third workshop

The third Glass is Tomorrow workshop will open up the Summer season!

WHEN? 1-7 July 2012
WHERE? Meisenthal
Werner Aisslinger (FR)
Werner Aisslinger
Studio Ziegler & Brichet
Studio Ziegler & Brichet
Sebastian Herkner (D)
Sebastian Herkner
Tina Bunyaprasit (DE)
Tina Bunyaprasit
Tim Brauns (DE)
Tim brauns
Verena Gompf (D)
Verena Gompf
Lena Bergström (SE)
Lena Bergström
Studio Olgoj Chorchoj (CZ)
Studio Olgoj Chorchoj
Sebastien Cordoleani (FR)
Sebastien Cordoleani
CIAV Glassworks Team
Antoine Brodin & Jeremy Wintrebert (FR)
Antoine Brodin & Jeremy Wintrebert

James Bort (FR) – photo / video
James Bort

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Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013


Human Cities (15-31 March 2012): report

Discover an image overview of the first week of the Human Cities Festival 2012 on Flickr.

The Human Cities Toolbox, a production of the Human Cities Network, created and developed to inspire everyone to undertake projects and actions in the public space. The Human Cities Toolbox is proposing a selection of European existing examples, inviting those who wants to reclaim public space to start action! The entire Toolbox can be browsed on the website.

‘When Human makes Cities’, a webdocumentary developed by Victor Lévy, can be watched HERE. Lévy about his webdoc: “As I set out to explore these different projects, I realized how often things come into being through the sheer willpower and pugnacity of ordinary men and women. Located in vastly different cities, these citizens of humanity reflect the social and political fabric of the place which instigated their actions. Spurred on by their ideals, and often minimizing the hardships, challenges and time constraints, these individuals threw themselves wholeheartedly and fearlessly into an adventure that only seems obvious to us today. This documentary tells their story”

Children see beauty in things we no longer notice. Turtlewings developed a documentary film from a workshop during which children were given digital cameras and spycams when walking down 5 streets in downtown Brussels. The goal was just to document everything the children noticed. You can check out the result on Youtube.

This international happening and scientific gathering is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013 and the European network of partners, La Cambre Horta from the ULB (BE), Pro Materia (BE), Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia – UIRS (SLO), Cité du Design from St-Etienne (FR) and Politecnico di Milano (IT) with the kind collaboration of Time Circus (BE) and a series of institutional and private partners.


Glass is Tomorrow: second workshop

The second Glass is Tomorrow workshop is on its way!

WHEN? 29 January – 3 February
WHERE? Novy Bor (CZ)
Antoine Brodin (FR)
Roisin de Buitlear (IR)
Pierre Favresse (FR)
Matteo Gonet (CH)
Mendel Heit (DE)
Klára Horáčková (CZ)
Sara Hulkkonen (FI)
Wing Lam Kwok (BE)
Arik Levy (FR)
Sébastien Maurer & Jean Marc Schilt (FR)
Rea Moiso (FI)
Dagmar Pánková & Leoš Smejkal (CZ)
Rony Plesl (CZ)
Martin Štefánek (CZ)
V8: Pierre Bindreiff & Sébastien Geissert (FR)
Maxim Velčovský (CZ)
Jeremy Wintrebert (FR)

James Bort (video/photo) (F)

Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013


Glass is Tomorrow: first workshop/ video report

Discover a video of the first GIT workshop on Vimeo!

WHEN? 12 – 16 September
WHERE? Nuutajärvi Glass Village (FI)
Jeremy Wintrebert (FR)
Antoine Brodin (FR)
Matteo Gonet (CH)
Sara Hulkkonen (FI)
Roisin de Buitlear (IR)
Heikki Viinikainen (FI)
Hubert Verstraeten (B)
Alfredo Häberli (CH)
Lucie Koldova (CZ)
Dan Yeffet (ISR)
Rony Plesl (CZ)
Tadeas Podracky (CZ)
Cecilie Manz (DK)

James Bort (video/photo) (F)

Glass is Tomorrow is supported by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013


Glass is Tomorrow

Pro Materia is proud to present its latest project, supported by the Culture (2007-2013) Programme of the European Union: GLASS IS TOMORROW!

GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European network which aims at establishing a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals in the north, south, east and west of Europe. Glass aesthetics and techniques will be explored by tandems of designers and glassmakers to develop new typologies of everyday objects. The project hopes to open up new potentialities and to generate dialogue about the conception, production and distribution of glass pieces.

HOW? 3 workshops
WHEN? 12-16 September 2011 (FI), 30 January-3 February 2012 (CZ) and 9-18 July 2012 (FR)
WHERE? Nuutajärvi glass village (FI), Prague (CZ) and Meisenthal (FR)
WHO? Each workshop hosts 5 tandems of designers and glass makers
WHAT? Co-creation of around thirty prototypes of utilitarian glass objects within a theme
RESULT? A reference publication, video documentary and photographic portfolio by James Bort ( in combination with a touring exhibition in Europe
BE: Pro Materia
FI: Iittala
FR: Centre International d’Art Verrier
UK: Vessel Gallery

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thewhitehotel: Belgian Designers Rooms 2010 - 2012

Since 2006, thewhitehotel has been showcasing over half a decade of evolution in contemporary Belgian design. The hotel, located in the center of the most cosmopolitan district of Belgium’s capital, has offered around sixty contemporary designers the opportunity to customise both its rooms and the lobby.

After four years of existence, the Belgian Designers Rooms have been shuffled and updated with a mix of existing and new objects, chosen by Pro Materia in close partnership with thewhitehotel, in order to provide the hotel clients with more comfort and conviviality. The hotel does not only host Belgian design objects, it also offers its guests the possibility of bringing some of those pieces home via its webshop.

The objects on show, designed both by emerging and well established Belgian designers, all promote the characteristic sense of quality and originality of Belgian design.

Please click here to download the press release, announcing the 2010-2012 edition of the Belgian Designers Rooms. The brochure with an overview of the objects on display in the different rooms can be transfered here.

thewhitehotel is the first hotel in Belgium to promote Belgian design. This innovative concept of Lise Coirier (asbl Pro Materia) has gained reputation under the label ‘Belgian Designers Rooms’. The original concept was initiated by A2M (Sebastian Moreno-Vacca), Michel Penneman and Jean Michel André.

© Fien Muller