How Lasvit’s new herbarium line of crystal flower packaging is made – Rob reports

How Lasvit’s new herbarium line of crystal flower packaging is made – Rob reports

The glassmaking traditions of northern Bohemia go back centuries, but Lasvet has figured out how to reinvent the craft in radically new ways. For the manufacturer’s Herbarium line — which covers branches, shrubs and flowers in crystal — designers didn’t have to look far for inspiration. The meadows and forests near their headquarters in Novi Bor, near the Czech Republic’s northern border with Germany, provided everything they needed.

“During the workshop, our director asked us to create more floral motifs,” explains designer Štěpán Gudev, who is credited with conceptualizing the Herbarium concept alongside colleagues Mária Čulenová and Petra Dicková. “I was part of the team that decided, instead of imitating nature, we would print it on glass. It’s something that’s been done before, but of course we wanted to take it to the next level. The prototype took just one day to create,” he says. “The brainstorming happened,” he says. In the afternoon. The next morning, we gathered resources and went to the hot shop.

The process turns out to be very simple. The molten glass is poured over indigenous plants that Lasvit produces locally — a mix of thistles, conifers, rosehips and junipers — or the customer’s own specimens. Once the plants catch fire, they turn to ash and leave behind fossil-like impressions. The individual components are then tied together and suspended in the air, evoking raindrops and falling leaves. “It’s poetic,” says Goodeve. “One plant dies, but somehow, it is immortalized.”

Founded in 2007 by Czech entrepreneur Leon Jakimich, Lasvit introduced Herbarium in 2020. Buoyed by its success, the line joins Lasvit’s Icons collection, which reimagines the brand’s most iconic custom lighting designs into custom-made fixtures. Starting at $10,660, Herbarium formulations are customizable or available in nine standardized versions, ranging from 27 to 265 individual components in various shapes and sizes.

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