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  • Catalogue Essay

    A native of St. Austell, Cornwall, Max Lamb earned a degree in 3d Design from Northumbria University in 2003. In the same year he was awarded the Hettich International Design Award and the Peter Walker Award for Inno-vation in Furniture Design. He completed his Masters Degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Lamb established his own practice after a year designing for Tom Dixon Studio, and in 2008 taught the Industrial Design course at ecal / University of Art and Design Lausanne.

    He was named the 2008 Design/Miami Designer of the Future and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Wallpaper* Courvoisier Design Award The Essence of the 21st Century.Lamb was comissioned by the London Design Festival and HSBC Private Bank to design a piece for HSBC Private Bank’s Connection Collection in celebration of this year’s festival. He is a frequent lecturer and design workshop leader, and currently lives in London where he continues to develop new designs that challenge the traditional concepts of material and process.
    Quartz sand is the main raw material for glass production. A quartz crystal that grows in an uninhibited space will form a perfect hexagonal prism. Quarz is a
    series of crystal tumblers representing perfect mathematical quartz prisms. The name references the shape and material from which the tumblers are made, as well as the German spelling of the mineral -’Quarz’- relating to Lobmeyr’s Austrian roots. Each Quarz tumbler is mouth blown into the same cylindrical wooden mould then cut at three assorted heights providing variation in manufactured production. The hand cut and polished hexagonal facets allow an arrangement in a Giant’s Causeway type landscape, the fascinating geological phenomenon on the Northern Irish coast renowned for its hexagonal basalt columns. Each glass is engraved with the artist’s initials beside the Lobmeyr sign. This marks the second collaboration between Max Lamb and Lobmeyr and the debut of the Quarz series.The collaboration between Max Lamb and Lobmeyr began in 2009 with the “Blowing - Cutting - Engraving” project, installed at the Lobmeyr flagship store during Vienna Design Week. “Blowing - Cutting - Engraving” analyzed Lobmeyr’s skilled methods of production in a poetic and didactic way. The origins of the Quarz series lie in the “cutting” portion of this project.


Quarz Series

Quartz crystal glass
Dimensions vary. Small, Medium and Tall.
A project by Max Lamb for J. & L. Lobmeyr
Small: $195
Medium: $225
Tall: $275

Park Ave Shop

7 March
New York