Friday, January 15, 2010

DAM! This is Cool.

We want to thank our friends over at Cool Hunting for turning us on to artist Steffen Dam and his stunning work. Dam creates luminous glass blocks and panels, within which imaginary plants and sea creatures are suspended like fossils or scientific specimens and the end results are absolutely mesmerizing!

Dam says "I originally trained as a toolmaker and worked for some years as such before I realized my curiosity spanned more than that which is measurable. In glass I found these qualities. The uncompromising nature of this material exactly fitted the precise and analytic way of thinking that I was taught in constructing industrial tools."

"During my first ten years of glass making I was practising and experimenting with all the different techniques to become a good craftsman. While doing so, I discovered a new kind of beauty in the fringes of the well crafted glass I was making. In the area of mistakes and faults - the unwanted air bubbles, ash marks, soot, cracks and crookedness - I found something that cannot be predicted or sketched beforehand. I set the established and traditional techniques aside and started making glass all "wrong" in an attempt to capture the good in the bad. Out of these experiments came the "Fossils", "Plants" and other objects - like frozen extracts of chaos to be watched undisturbed."

His work can be seen here in New York at the Heller Gallery through the end of the month. We know what we're doing this weekend. In the meantime, to learn more about the artist click here!


Anonymous said...

Saw these at SOFA new york; they are amazing!


wow! so beautiful and really interesting story-thanks for sharing

The Buzz Blog said...

Naturally beautiful but a little creepy, too... Congratulations on the being one of the 20 Young Designers Traditional Home has their eye on!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE these!!! Where can I buy one of the pieces??? I would LOVE to support such a talented artist.

Brad Ford said...

Hey Anon.

You can find Dam's pieces at the Heller Gallery here in New York. You can link to their website via this post. Just so you have a sense...the first piece in this post is around 18k. Glad you appreciate his work as much as we do.

My Best,


Mark Newman said...

Amazing! I'm mesmerized...

Sallie Ann said...

This is really beautiful in a "science" kind of way. I was looking at some old books on bugs in the library today and wished I could blow them up and make them into wallpaper. Not sure where I'd put bug wallpaper, but it looked beautiful.

Brad Ford said...

Sallie Ann,

Funny you should mention bug wallpaper. Have you seen this:
Would love to know what you think?

My Best,


Little Willow said...

These are gorgeous. I'm partial to the jelly fish design. Great find!

Sarah {edible living} said...

This is stunning! And I have a thing for jelly fish ever since my first sting at age 6, Corpus Cristi, TX. Fascinating creatures. I'm putting this on my weekend wish list pronto!

Sharon said...

I saw Steffen Dam Glass in a gallery in TLV a week ago. His work is amazing!


neocelt said...

Absolutely stunning work, I was lucky enough to catch them on show when I was last in NY. Thanks for the follow while I'm here @DesignTherapy , keep up the good work!

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