The Kaanch Glass Series Is a Study in Opposing Ideas
The Kaanch Glass Series is the abstract, colorful result of a collaboration between Diego Olivero Studio and talented Indian artisans. The one-of-a-kind objects and lamps translate the Delhi-based artisans’ craft into unique glass art – in fact, Kaanch is Hindi for “glass.”
Inspired by the opposing ideas of chaos and noise, peace and stillness, colors and transparency, and connections and independence, Kaanch fuses these themes together. To do it, each of the 11 pieces in the series features elements of colorful glass attached to the exterior of its empty vessel as an expression of emotions.
For the collaboration, Borosilicate glass was used. Invented in Germany during the late 1800s, it’s a special type of the material with a very low chance of thermal expansion – meaning it won’t crack under extreme temperature changes like regular glass. This extreme durability is exactly what makes Borosilicate the go-to glass for high-end restaurants, wineries, and designers.
“I was thrilled to collaborate with these incredible skilled glass artisans, with their historical knowledge of glass combined with their modern visions,” shared Diego Olivero. “These objects contain all the beauty, colors, ﬂavors, noise, and peace that is India… The Kaanch series reinvents the familiar, creating unexpected moments of thought, play, reﬂection, and surprise.”
The Kaanch Glass Series will be featured at Materiaaal’s “Materials That Disobey” during NYCxDesign Week at Diego Olivero Studio in Dumbo Brooklyn (65 Pearl Street, 224-224A) through May 25, 2023 (12am to 6pm). To learn more about the Kaanch glass series, visit diegoolivero.com.