WITH THE POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN, VITRUM LENDS A HAND TO UP-AND-COMING DESIGN TALENTS
The workshop organized by Vitrum jointly with the Polytechnic University of Milan and led by Professor Giuseppe Andreoni from the Polytechnic has reached its final stages. This learning exercise was a fine adventure for everybody: the students, the tutors in charge of the creative and design process, and Vitrum, which had its team involved in all the operations: from the initial briefing to the mock-ups of the singled-out projects, a working prototype and their display at GLASS, THE GREAT UNEXPECTED.
The goal was an ambitious one: to find new uses for glass objects and instruments, made possible by the significant progresses in technology and digitalization also in glass processing. Fifty students from the Department of Design at the Polytechnic of Milan in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of Freiburg, were divided into 13 working groups, each working on a project in this field. The results can be viewed at Vitrum in the Glass and New Technologies section of the GLASS, THE GREAT UNEXPECTED exhibition.
All the projects are described in detail, starting with the initial concept thru to product development ideas, with some considerations on the opportunities for production. For some projects, a non-working mockup was created while in one particular case a semi-working prototype was developed. A unique experience and as Professor Andreoni -- who led the workshop and is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan’s School of Design -- commented: “We came to know that glass as a material lends itself perfectly to blending tradition with innovation in such a way that even the most conventional uses can have something decidedly innovative. We were able to experiment with new applications in glass and lighting technologies, measuring time, in the home and a host of other applications. What had us most excited was that this helped to draw young people closer to the working world, and especially glass processing which we knew very little about”.
The working prototype is the “Flow” lamp with a soft, evanescent design, a stunning lighting effect, and remote-controlled and adjustable lighting at the touch of a finger. The prototype was developed thanks to the efforts of the Vetrolamp glass company on the outskirts of Milan, which had no hesitation in placing its artisan skills at the student’s disposal. The man behind it all was Giantito Baldi, an expert with an in-depth knowledge of glass: “I met some intelligent, perspicacious, kind young people, never haughty. Very nice young people. They are ready to meet with companies to really experiment working with glass. Some already had a taste of this when they met with Vetrolamp to shape the sheets, curve them and for the final processing work. The Flow lamp is ready for industrial production, and the credit goes to the young people who developed it and to Vetrolamp which demonstrated its feasibility”.