COMASTUDIO presents LACE ° 1, the first chandelier in a limited edition of 4 + 2 Artist's Proof. LACE is made of salvaged glass parts that once belonged to a ceiling fixture measuring 3 x 3 m.  

COMASTUDIO presents chandelier LACE °1

Design tribute to Italian glass design

Magdalena Zeller – creative director of the Viennese COMASTUDIO – made it her mission to bring exquisite works in glass back to life. The original design was done by Flavio Poli in the early 1950s and custom made by Seguso Vetri d’Arte (VE) for the Grand Hotel Bristol in Merano, Italy. 
Falvio Poli deceased, the hotel was demolished, the chandelier deconstructed and its pieces scattered throughout the world. COMASTUDIO's intention was not to reproduce the original setup, but to draft a modern re-edition of this masterpiece of Italien glass design.

Posted 27 June 2014

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LACE Nº1's supporting structure is designed upon the retrieved crystal elements and carefully arranged to form a breezy cloud. Therefore each one of the 4 fixtures is unique in size and shape. Lasered out of 2 mm aluminum sheets and bent by hand, the design is lightweight and conveys the electrical elements (such as LED strips which are dimmable by remote up to 300 Watts) as well as a straightforward mounting system. 
Lace °1 is distributed and can be order via the Berlin-New York design gallery L’ArcoBaleno

Chandelier LACE °1

The most splendor hotel in Europe 
Murano – Merano – Vienna

The history of the extraordinarily luxurious Grand Hotel Bristol is steeped in the euphoria and enthusiasm caused by the economic boom of the 1950’s in Italy. This was a time when Italy affirmed itself at an international level in the ?elds of art and technology, a time characterized in the world of cinema by the up-and-coming Italien moviestar Sophia Loren. It should therefore come as no surprise that it was her who inaugurated the Hotel Bristol in 1954.

The incredibly grandiose design of the hotel was the dream of a wealthy ship-owner, Arnaldo Bennati, whose family still to this day owns the Hotel Bauer in Venice. Its architecture and interior design were considered sensational and astonished people from all over the world. The national and international press reported in detail of the splendor of what was praised to be the most modern and elegant hotel of its time in Europe. 

Under the direction of architect Marino Meo, unique pieces were created by craftsmen and artists alike. But it was the light ?xtures at the Bristol which reached a standard very difficult to beat by involving the best forges in Murano, amongst them Seguso Vetri d’Arte with Flavio Poli as their artistic director who contributed to the project.

In the 1970’s, after 20 successful years of business, the hotels’ slow decay set in and it shut its doors for good in 1991. It was demolished in 2006. Lace °1 is a modern homage to a grand era of contemporary history.

“The Bristol definitely stands out. Its style is modern, practically cubist.” The New York Times, November 1954

Chandelier LACE °1

Chandelier LACE °1, detail glass

Chandelier LACE °1

Magdalena Zeller was born in 1981 in Merano, (IT) and lives/ works in Vienna.

After getting her engineering degree from TU Vienna in 2008, Magdalena completed her Masters from SciArc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in 2010. She has been working across design in different scales from design and realization of prototypes for retail displays (DIOR Cosmetics) to facade design for a department store.

Magdalena Zeller

She was a successful project manager for VIENNA DESIGN WEEK’s format of Passionswege, closely supervising projects resulting from collaborations between emerging designers and historic manufacturers based in Vienna.  
Magdalena was a project coordinator for the traveling exhibition “WerkStadt Vienna – A City full of Design” - a production of  MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna and VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. She was in charge of acquisition and coordination of the show traveling to Salone del Mobile @ Ventura Lambrate, to the New Institute in Rotterdam in 2013 and to the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden in 2014.

Since 2012 Magdalena Zeller is founder (with Cornelis van Almsick) and creative director of COMASTUDIO.

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