ADAM NATHANIEL FURMAN
Adam Nathaniel Furman’s “Blue Quay” Tumbler and “Fluted Buoy” vase are not only inspired by marine relics, but they are also designed to pay homage to the ancient Phoenician technique of glassblowing. The pieces are not just any ordinary glassware, as they are made entirely from recycled glass. This makes them not only aesthetically pleasing, but also environmentally sustainable.
The “Blue Quay” Tumbler is a beautiful geometric piece that brings to mind the tranquility and calmness of the sea. The “Fluted Buoy” vase, on the other hand, is a nod to the buoyancy of marine life and the gentle sway of the waves. Both pieces are unique and have an organic feel, which is characteristic of the perfect imperfection of recycled glass.
With this collection, Furman takes inspiration from the ancient cities of Phoenicia, a civilization that existed more than two millennia ago and was known for its mastery of glassblowing. The designs of the “Blue Quay” Tumbler and “Fluted Buoy” vase evoke a sense of nostalgia, as if they were treasures found washed up on the beach from a bygone era.
By using recycled glass, Furman not only pays tribute to the Phoenicians’ artistry, but also promotes sustainable design practices. The “Blue Quay” Tumbler and “Fluted Buoy” vase are not just beautiful pieces, but they also serve as a reminder of the importance of protecting the environment and reducing waste.
The recycled collection not only showcases the innovative design of Adam Nathaniel Furman but also highlights the expertise of the skilled artisans who have been perfecting their craft for generations. Their deep knowledge and experience in glassblowing using traditional methods have made them the most prolific family of glassblowers in Lebanon.
The process of creating each piece is a labor-intensive and meticulous process that requires patience and skill. Using a Phoenician furnace, the artisans heat up recycled glass until it turns into a glowing ball of molten glass. Then, using a metal rod, they pull out the ball of glass and blow air into it to create a glowing bubble. The artisan then rotates the pole to create the desired bulbous shape and inserts it into a custom-made cast-iron mould. The glass is then left to cool down to take the desired shape and is detached from the metal bar.
The next step involves cutting the top of the vase and tumblers. For this, the artisans use a diamond cutter, which allows for maximum precision and accuracy. This attention to detail ensures that each piece is unique and perfectly crafted.
By combining traditional methods with innovative design, the artisans bring the beauty of recycled glass to life, creating pieces that are not only visually stunning but also environmentally friendly. The recycled collection is a true testament to the skill and expertise of the artisans and their commitment to preserving the ancient art of glassblowing.