The magical rubber bubbles that became a cult game of the ‘90s were the inspiration behind Matteo Zorzenoni’s Crystal Ball vases; these decorative elements made of delicate spheres of glass are a reinterpretation of an evocative childhood pastime.
In this collection of vase sculptures, the small bases in bleached ash wood support large spheres made of mouth-blown borosilicate glass: the resulting visual effect is an interesting counterbalance between fullness and emptiness, fragility and resistance.
For each type of vase, there is a set variety of colours; any irregularity in the colouring or surface should be considered the valuable effect of the particular techniques employed by the masterful artisanal glass-blowers during the creation of the spheres.
Matteo Zorzenoni was born in Treviso, Italy. He is now considered one of the most promising Italian designers, and focuses his research on the continuous study of material and on the discovery of their unexpected potentials. This incessant exploration of material elements allows him to create products with a non-conventional soul, such as glasses made of cement, structures in glass, and tables in liquid metal.
For Cappellini, Zorzenoni is the signature behind the design of the Frac armchair and the Crystal Ball vase collection.
His projects have been selected for some of the most important museums and exhibitions such as the Maxi in Rome, the Triennale in Milan, London Design Festival, The Biennale di Architettura di Venezia and the Centre Pompidou.