The new Block-Glas won the Design Award Design Plus 2005 at the Frankfurt show and is both beautiful in form and innovative. The ultra-modern vases are brought into shape using a complex sanding and engraving process. Like sculptures the blocks are cut, sanded and polished until each culminates in a completed object. The silky smooth, soft, organic inner shapes are coveted by crystal clear, hard, geometric shapes. This interplay between contrasting forms lends the vases their convincing appearance, turning them into small design objects. Block-Glas is an unusual gift article collection ranging from different sized vases to various bowls, a clock, a votive and a candle stick.
Function and art interlock in the sculptural Block-Glas series from Rosenthal. Each vase, bowl, or candleholder serves a true purpose but is so impressive to look at that each becomes an art piece in itself. This rectangular block vase, measuring 6-1/4 inches tall with 4-by-4-inch sides, is crafted of brilliantly clear glass. Contrasting with that clarity is a tubular inner chamber that has been sanded to a smooth, frosty finish. This tube within the cube holds water for flowers or simply draws the eye in wonder.
Rosenthal, one of Germany's most prestigious porcelain manufacturers, demonstrates a longstanding interest in art and design. Block-Glas won a 2005 design award in Frankfurt, adding to the company's roster of award-winning collections. Each Block-Glas piece comes packaged in a Rosenthal box and makes a superb gift for the contemporary art lover. Cleaning by hand is recommended to preserve the clarity of the glass. --Ann Bieri