There’s something to be said about the enchanting quality of blown glass art from Poland--its organic yet sculptural shapes, the translucent patterns reflecting light onto a room, its solidity and simultaneous lightness--an ages-old craft that conveys timelessness and opulence. The craft has been in Polish culture for more than two-thousand years, being used for sumptuous jewellery and luxury goods that were likely traded for prestige. In modern times, these glass artefacts retain the same beauty and elegance that held sway over the ancient Poles. Today, Lunapera has merged tradition and contemporary aesthetics to create a new sense of high quality luxe.
Lunapera’s Dynamic Design Duo
Anita Dantved is one half of the duo comprising Lunapera. Giving a sneak
peek of their process, she explains that the company they use is a
substantial one: “It’s a big company in Poland which specialises in
blowing glass for lighting,” sharing that such artisan companies
specialising in Polish blown glass are not that many in the world--there
are “between ten or fifteen such big places in Europe”. Between her and
Agnieszka Tondryk, the other half of Lunapera, they take great care
with every step of the process. From the raw materials to be used for
the craft, the design process, to the parts creating these functional
sculptures, both of them synthesise all of this to create true works of
Partner at Lunapera Agnieszka Tondryk & Anita Dantved
Lunapera shares that most people might see these lighting pieces and assume that they are easy to construct because of how effortless the lamps look, but the truth is that it involves so much handpicked work. From choosing the right artists within the Polish glass blowing company and sourcing fabric from Holland, not to mention the involved design process that the duo undertakes, creating each piece takes immense amounts of skill and a keen eye for aesthetics every step of the way.
Each piece takes painstaking time and effort. So how long does it take to create a single piece? “If you have a single lamp, the process of creating the glass will probably be like two weeks,” Anita says, explaining that depending on the piece itself--how customised a customer wants it, or the materials they choose--will determine the length of time a single piece is made by the design team and the artisans.
Technical drawing and white glass fod in the process of hand made production
White glas lamp in combination with 2 different lampshades
“It's about getting all the different kinds of parts in the decision making process and to find the product and so yeah, I would say from 8 to 12 months.” That is the timeline for a new design–true commitment to high quality.
White Lamp with White or Gold lampshade. Pictures from wholesale Kler A/S Look book & Showroom
Cyan dark glass with velvet lampshade and peacock motives from a wallpaper printed on material
Elegant Designs for Generations to Come
With their commitment to a true modern high quality luxe aesthetic, the duo have created multiple one-of-a-kind pieces that any art collector would enjoy. How does Lunapera balance luxury and art with timelessness?
Lunapera says that their “kind of luxury is something you can inherit in a couple of years or when you get older; what we see is a product that you can actually give to your children or your grandchildren,” adding that “in that sense it’s also more sustainable. So, the luxury is beyond functionality.
Black Lamp from The Trio Collection