ITALIAN GLASS WEEKS
Venice Italy, 17-25th September 2022
Award-winning Austrian Designer and Creative Director of JK3D, Julia Koerner presents the Crystal Lamellas at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel , Venice. The installation is part of the Italian Glass Weeks (17-25th September 2022) within the emblematic setting of the Explorer’s Library in one of the most historic and iconic spaces overlooking the Grand Canal.
The CRYSTAL LAMELLAS installation blends nature, technology and material innovation
The Crystal Lammellas feature a digitally crafted 3D design that is inspired by the structure, performance and colors of the gills and lamellae of fungi. The design is 3D-printed spirally as a single shell using only the material required. The Crystal Lamellas emphasizes the uniqueness of natural objects, where no two are alike.
The installation features digitally crafted glass sculptures, which are manufactured by Swarovski, through their cutting-edge glass 3D-printing technology and individually coated with their iconic colorization technologies. The designer has collaborated with Swarovski on design and sustainable manufacturing innovation over the last four years.
The sculptures are an extension of JK3D’s Lamella Series which exists at a variety of scales in 3D-printed polymers. The installation is showcased on a sculpted base that organically embodies the sculptures and is 3D-printed from sand; accentuating the connection between two unique states of a single material, yet in different advanced technologies and a symbiotic form.
ABOUT ITALIAN GLASS WEEKS
The Italian Glass Weeks is a major new Festival that is organised as part of the 2022 United Nations International Year of Glass. The first week will take place in Milan from 10th to 18th September 2022 and will be dedicated primarily to industrial glass. The second week will take place in Venice from 17th to 25th September 2022, and will be dedicated to artistic glass. The Festival, which is presented by the organisers of Vision Milan Glass Week and The Venice Glass Week, aims to showcase, promote and support glass in Italy at both a national and international level. For more information, visit www.theitalianglassweeks.com
ABOUT THE GRITTI PALACE
The Gritti Palace, which reopened its legendary doors in February 2013 after a 35 million euro meticulous and handcrafted conservative restoration, is renowned for it discreet luxury and unparalleled service, and is the place in Venice where generations of travellers from all over the world and local Venetians have gathered to experience the rich social and cultural scene of the city. The design of the restored interiors takes inspiration from the palace’s historic role as a noble private residence and location for social events and receptions. The Gritti Palace features 61 luxurious guest rooms and 21 sumptuous suites, several of which with breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, all inspired by renowned personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maugham or titled to the emblematic institutions of the city, such as La Fenice and Punta della Dogana, which symbolizes the artistic and cultural roots of Venice and Palazzo Gritti.
For more information, visit www.thegrittipalace.com, @thegrittipalace