Maarten’sfirst encounter with full-size handmade mouth-blown glass panels was during hisfirst studio visit to Atelier Mestdagh, one of the most renowned glass studios’in Belgium, with whom he developed this project. He immediately fell in lovewith their skilled craftsmanship and the depth of the colors, textures, airbubbles, patterns and drawings inherent to the multi-colored sheets.
It is rare to see this type ofglass in big surfaces, as stained-glass studios tend to cut it up into hundredsof small pieces to reassemble it in multicolored stained-glass windows orTiffany-like lamps. That is why Maarten decided to do the opposite, by creatinga project that honors this material and lets it speak for itself. The glasspanels are used in large color blocks, and in consecutive order, to highlightthe beautiful patterns, drawings and textures inherent in the material.Traditional lead work is used to frame the glass, and an inner steel structurecreates a strong support.