A bespoke sculptural installation was required to hang in the double-height reception space of a new private residential development in London.
Taking the vision developed by interior designers Goddard Littlefair, we were asked to design and manufacture a custom-made piece inspired by the strength, beauty and power of birds.
The design focused on the aerodynamic arrangement of a bird’s wing and movement in flight. The delicate installation includes 170 individual “bird” elements, each one made from handblown clear glass by our expert glassblower.
Whilst still molten, each glass piece was manipulated to form a shape resembling wings and then dipped into water to create a cracking effect. The glass birds were then placed into a furnace to ensure that they solidified and remained stable pieces. The crackled effect on the surface of each component allows them to catch the light and glisten in suspended glory.
Each intricate element is suspended from the ceiling using fine gold-finished cabling and held in place by dainty brass spheres. Adjustable downlights were strategically placed in the ceiling to increase illumination levels for the composition and enhance the play between light and shadow. Light pours down onto the glass birds, animating and elevating their presence, while catching their sparkle and enhancing their lustrous aesthetic.
The sculptural installation – named Envolée – floats above the stairwell that connects the reception to the mezzanine floor. The composition travels alongside those moving from one floor to the other via the stairs and mimics the curvature of the stairwell design.
Project Images © James French / Glassblowing Images © Nulty Bespoke