Guillaume Sasseville‘s “Common Glass” appears to hover just above the surface it’s on.
Details: Made of crystal, Verre Commun possesses a finely calibrated material presence. Like its common predecessors, it is an 8 oz. (227 ml) tumbler in the English style. In the hand, full or empty, it has a surprising weight – neither light nor heavy, “but rather exact” says the designer. “Its gently sloping curve gradually thickens, cascading from its expertly refined lip (0.6 mm) down to its narrowing base.”
Sasseville’s research was guided by the sensuous potential of industrial processes. A branch of the North American Glass Works, later the Dominion Glass Co., the largest glass manufacturer in Canada, once stood right around the corner from his workshop on Parthenais Street. “The contribution that the manufacturer’s workers made to the decorative arts has been saluted by historians and collectors alike. The company initiated the shift from artisanal techniques to industrial processes while remaining true to style and quality.”
The biggest inspiration for Sasseville, and the source of the formal language of his Verre Commun, were Dominon Glass’s elegant, customizable “common tumblers,” as well as the graphic details on a glass produced for Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee. For Verre Commun, courtesy of a Phyllis Lambert Design MontrÃ©al Grant, Sasseville took a study trip to Graz, Austria, where semi-industrial glassware production is still a going concern, to further hone his creative process.
The city of MontrÃ©al’s Bureau du design has launched the 7th edition of the Phyllis Lambert Design MontrÃ©al Grant for up-and-coming designers in MontrÃ©al, read more here.
Source: Photos by ChloÃ© Dulude.