Sylvia Lee, Creative and Executive Director of internationally acclaimed glass design studio Jeff Goodman Studio, is pleased to present her latest contribution in partnership with AVENUE ROAD at DesignTO 2021. Entitled Telescope, it marks a continuation of Lee using her long career in glass design to explore memories, nostalgia and aging.
Lee used ‘Chroma’ glass to execute her design, a product created by the studio which combines traditional blown and kiln-fired glass making techniques.
The final installation will involve nine handmade circles of Chroma glass, varying in size from 12” to 20”, and wall-mounted in brass circular brackets in an organic formation. It will join a series of three custom side tables with Chroma Glass table tops.
Iconic design destination AVENUE ROAD Toronto will host the installation for the 2021 DesignTO festival. Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, the installation can be enjoyed virtually through these images and short video, and when restrictions are eased, can be viewed in person at AVENUE ROAD in Toronto.
Lee explains her design motivation. “Two years ago we did a piece that explored looking through a keyhole and seeing part of a view. This year I imagined taking a telescope and looking at multiple views of the same landscape and piecing them together. It reminds me of the way we piece together memories from our past. What was once a clear picture, over time becomes worn and fragmented and turns into something different. This collection of nine Chroma circles work together to form a bold coloured landscape, and each circle will be a moment captured as if you looked through a telescope.”
Chroma is a popular glass product from the Jeff Goodman Studio that is widely specified by architects and designers for tables, screens or vertical surfaces because it can be customized to have an infinite palette of colours. The studio’s glass artisans use the traditional furnace in a ‘hot shop’ to roll and pull custom coloured rods, then layer the rods and cast them into a slab in the ‘kiln shop’.