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Mix Christmas Ornament by NOCC

Mix takes it’s shape from the sound wave of a footstep in the snow.

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Details: Designed by NOCC, Mix is a hand blown glass Christmas ornament for the Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for glass arts) in Meisenthal, France. The design incorporates the glass blowing tradition of the CIAV and a unique contemporary shape, a sound wave transformed by rotation in three dimensions.

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“Glass Christmas tree decorations began to replace fruit decorations in the winter of 1858, when a great drought in the Northern Vosges meant a poor harvest with no apples or other fruits. A glass blower from Goetzenbruck, a village 2 kilometers from Meisenthal, used his glass blowing instruments to create ornaments in the shape of fruits. In 1999, the Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for glass arts) Meisenthal reinstated the region’s Christmas ornament tradition by selecting a guest designer to create a new ornament each year. This year the CIAV Meisenthal chose Studio NOCC to create their 2014 Christmas ornament.

We wanted to create an ornament that not only follows the glass blowing traditions of Meisenthal, but also an object that held a secret message, requiring the knowledge of it’s story in order to decode the meaning of it’s shape.

Mix takes it’s shape from the sound wave generated from the recording of a footstep in the snow. We wanted to find the one thing that most people, including us, associated with the Christmas season, and walking in the snow is something that, for those who have experienced it, is a great source of wonderment. We recorded ourselves walking in the snow and selected an excerpt which, when transformed by rotation in volume (in 3D), became our 2014 Christmas ornament for Meisenthal.

We wanted to put the focus on the approach and process of design, rather than on the design of the product: to create a process of transformation resulting in a shape, rather than directly creating this shape. We like creating objects that reveal several levels of comprehension. As soon as the user holds the object, he is driven to discover different layers of interpretation and, we hope, different reasons to love it! First we see a pretty shape, then we distinguish the sound wave, and finally we learn that the sound wave corresponds to the recording of a footstep in the snow.

Only 7000 (each distinctly unique) glass ornaments are blown into a steel mold by a team of 7 glass blowers in the CIAV workshop in Meisenthal.”

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