Come here, closer, I want to show you a small (but extremely powerful) collection. Something never seen before. Terrible and marvellous at the same time. Don’t be scared. Basically, it’s just crystal, tremendously fragile and tremendously powerful. One can almost hear Maxim Velčovský, creative director of Lasvit, the avant-garde Czech design and glass processing brand, say it while presenting the latest evocative collection of Bohemian glass sculptures and vases, signed by a wonder team that would give you the shivers. Maarten Baas, Jaroslav Brychta, the Campana Brothers, Stephan Hamel, Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman, Martin Janecký, Vladimír Kopecký, Daniel Libeskind, Alessandro Mendini, Stanislav Müller, Nendo, Fabio Novembre, Yabu Pushelberg, Renè Roubíček, Raja Schwahn-Reichmann, Moritz Waldemayer and Maxim Velčovský himself are the demiurges responsible for these mysterious creatures, personifications of all our fears and fragilities, but also of all the genius and creativity that we contain.
Monsters is a collection of beasts, ghosts, chimera, Mephistophelean figures and genius loci: imaginary creatures, both docile and fierce, free of their imposed confines. Terrifying, granted, but also undoubtedly great sources of inspiration. The concept of monsters has always been truly fascinating. A monster is the Other, it can frighten yet open minds onto new horizons. Monsters are supernatural, in a world populated by disquieting presences, that has its own poetic allure. “Monstrum” is the miracle, the extraordinary thing that does not obey the laws of Nature but is an expression of the will of the gods. Lasvit’s Monsters are Plato’s “good demons”; our brilliant, magic spirits that can make us look upon the turbulent passing of life with irony.
Thus, the monstrous, i.e. the not-beautiful, the not-common, the not-perfect, becomes a tool for designers to give shape and face to their own fears and exorcise them. The result is a collection of marvellous things that we fall in love with at first sight, and towards which we, the fearless and design-addicted, feel a certain tendresse.
Stephan Hamel, brand development director of Lasvit and godfather of the collection has designed three of the demons: Swaco, the swan with the power to destroy good taste; Max, the aesthete bat, which has the honour of maintaining the balance in nature, and Tommy, the Tomatokiller, the guardian that defends food against chemical and genetically modified ingredients.