Matali Crasset

, Matali Crasset Productions
Balloon-shaped forms inspired by objects that contain air, such as rubber balloons and human lungs, were blown and hot-sculpted. The work captures the sense of lightness and airiness of glass.
Matali Crasset
French, b. 1965
My project for the GlassLab workshop was a balloon, but not in rubber, in glass. This balloon has a small hole to be attached directly on the ceiling, just like a small boy let it go and then it stops to go up and stays. The balloon shows the dream integrated to the real life, it can contain your secret dream and each time you see it, you reactivate it. A simple idea and a tribute to the glassworker: it represents also their breath integrated to the balloon.

Matali Crasset was born in 1965 in France. Crasset studied marketing and industrial design at Les Ateliers, Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle in Paris. After graduating in 1991, she worked for the designer Denis Santachiara in Milan. In 1993, she returned to Paris to work for the designer Philippe Starck.

Crasset opened her own studio in Paris in 1998, and she founded the company, Matali Crasset Productions, in 2002. She designs exhibits, interiors, furniture, public, and technological products for clients, including Artemide, Cristal Saint Louis, Danese, Domestic, Domodinamica, Dornbracht, Dune, Exquisite Design, Hermès, Le Printemps, Lexon, L'Oréal, Orangina, Swarosvki, and Thomson Multimedia.

Crasset’s work has been shown in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and Le Grand Hornu in Belgium. Awards include the 1997 Grand Prize for Design from the city of Paris, and the British 2004 Interior Design Award for “International Interior Designer of the Year.”

Events
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs
GlassLab at Musée des Arts Décoratifs |
October 22 - 27, 2013 from 11:00am 5:30pm
The Corning Museum of Glass partners with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to present GlassLab, the Museum’s design program, in Paris. Free, public design performances with top French designers will... more
Matali Crasset at GlassLab at Design Miami 2007
Design Miami/ Art Basel Miami 2007 |
December 6 - 9, 2007
GlassLab debuted at Design Miami/Art Basel Miami in December 2007 with a hotshop setup in the middle of the Miami Design District at Oak Plaza. Designers included the Campana Brothers and Matali... more
Process: 
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
Designer Matali Crasset at GlassLab Design Miami 2007
 Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
 Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Died von Schaeweni.
 Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
 Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
 Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013. Photo credit Diedi von Schaewen.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Design Protoype by Matali Crasset for GlassLab Paris, 2013.
Design Protoype by Matali Crasset for GlassLab Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
Designer Matali Crasset in a GlassLab design session in Paris, 2013.
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