When German glassmakers Ichendorf relocated to Milan in the 1990s, the group found the ideal balance between tradition, ancient techniques and some of the world’s best designers, and went on to create one of the most beautifully pared back glass collections outside Finland and Scandinavia.
Named after the German town of its origin and Italy’s design capital, Ichendorf Milano produces pared back hand-blown glass tableware with a focus on purity of material over adornment.
Although founded nearly 100 years ago near Cologne, it was the 1950s that really defined the group’s identity. At a time when new innovative processes fuelled by a post-war boom in industrial design, the modern aesthetic was a breath of fresh air and Ichendorf went on the search for a new language that was clean, transparent but would highlight the ancient craft of hand-blown glass.
Launching their new look collections with the Regulus glassware range in 1959, pieces were made of a series of shapes rather than decoration, new iconic silhouettes described by the studio as “beauty in their perfect proportions”. In 1993 this technique was taken to a whole new level with Cilindro, a collection of tumblers made from very fine glass, uniform both on the edge and on the bottom and using only a few grams of material blown like delicate soapy bubbles.
Building on this era are new collections each with a story and an adventure into materials and design process. Designers and artists including Cristina Celestino who graduated in architecture and now works on projects for brands including Paola C., and design practice Misto-o, who is Japanese designer Ikeuchi, and Italian designer, Tommaso Nani, whose approach to simplicity and rationality meet in a contemporary frame.
Designed by Misto-o and now one of Ichendorf’s most iconic products, the Tequila Sunrise carafe series juxtaposes glass elements and colours including deep amber, bottle green and smoky grey using borosilicate glass hand-blown locally in Italy. The result inspired the Tutu and Tokyo collections that explore simple geometry with loads of sophistication.
“The main idea behind the Tokyo collection is to design a very simple collection in terms of aesthetic and production process, based on the overlapping of brosilicated hand-blown pipes with different diameters”, remark the designers. The collection comprise two drinking glasses with sandblasted bases, a tall bottle and a water pitcher with circular handle, oil dispenser and terrariums.
Ichendorf Milano is available exclusively in South East Asia from Space – Australia – and Space – Asia.