• On coulours, Philipp Weber. Photo : Philipp Weber
  • On coulours, Philipp Weber. Photo : Philipp Weber
  • On coulours, Philipp Weber. Photo : Philipp Weber
  • On coulours, Philipp Weber. Photo : Philipp Weber
  • On coulours, Philipp Weber. Photo : Philipp Weber
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Philipp Weber
Germany
A strange Symphony on Colours

A project in 2010 already revealed the importance of sound in Philipp Weber’s work. He experimented with a dinner as a platform for a collective experience where tableware linked to the keys of a piano positioned the user at the heart of a process which made them conscious of themselves, of others, and of objects.
In the two part project A Strange Symphony, the music which fills the space is represented by breath. Observing the master glassmakers inspired the designer to create a new tool which would allow them to shape the material by using simultaneous harmonies. He split a glassblowing pipe* into three chambers and added valves so that the artisan can modulate the pockets of air blown into the material in fusion. The resulting objects are thus a memory of this first experiment. The second part introduces colour.
This time the objects are defined, consisting of vases which have been pre-designed. Philipp Weber chooses drops of colour which are introduced into the chambers of the pipe. The glassmaker then blows the shape and the colour in one single gesture. The designer melodiously orchestrates the technique of glassblowing with the vases A Strange Symphony on Colours. He renders the glassblower’s breath tangible by harnessing this unique performance by the glassmaker, which consists of creating a form from within the heart of the substance. They learn to draw from the inside.

* A hollow metallic pipe which allows the glassmaker to take a sample of glass from the melting pot and to blow inside it.

Text — Magalie Guérin