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Life in Glass

The Swedish Glass Design of Ernest Gordon Adsetts

We have a passion for art and design in all its various forms and we’ve been lucky enough to work on projects that allow us to indulge these passions. Ernest Gordon Adsetts was a leading figure in the internationally renowned Swedish glass industry at a time when ‘Scandinavian Design’ was becoming celebrated the world over. After starting his career in the UK as a sculptor, in 1954 he moved to Sweden with just a book sketches and lots of ideas. In order to gain experience of the glass industry he offered to work for free and was employed by Afors Glassworks. Embracing the Swedish design mantra of ‘functionality, modesty, equality and beauty’ his work was mass produced and sold all over the world.

Branding and designing exhibitions not only allows us to work with new and exciting materials but also look back on design and typographic styles to create an authentic experience. Using the vast windows within the SIA space allowed us to experiment with window vinyls to deliver a display that played with refracted light and changed as the sun moved around the space. Using this same method on the display panels enhanced the beautiful glassware on show and resulted in a cohesive scheme.

The exhibition was such a success that we then relocated the display to the David Mellor Design Museum, redesigning key elements to make it work within a ‘modernist’ space that sat alongside their own collection of ground breaking product design and exemplary cutlery.

Client / Sheffield Institute of Arts

Part of Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Institute of Arts is a 170 year-old community of artists, makers, students, tutors and industrial partners. In 2016, they moved into a restored Grade II listed building in the heart of the city. This new site not only offers creative students the opportunity to learn from some of the best educators in the UK but also the space for events and exhibitions.

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