David Dubois - Vase Bulb
While completing his research at the Meisenthal International Glass Art Centre (CIAV), designer David Dubois wished to lead his experiments along the line of transforming and combining glass objects, which for the most part were inspired from ancient shapes: The CIAV has got a collection of about 1,500 molds inherited from old local glass factories that, beyond its conservatory role, also represents an inexhaustible technical resource for contemporary creation.
The BULB vase imagined by David Dubois results from the unusual association of two objects whose initial functions differ: a vase of archetypal shape and a simple water glass, transformed into a portable lamp/handlamp. The vase, diverted from its original purpose, serves as a support and the glass, cut and sanded with a traditional design to enhance it, has become a lampshade. The electric cord is not hidden and beyond its first application, asserts itself as a graphical link between the various elements of the lamp. The colours of the materials (a smoky-brown glass vase, a sanded lampshade and black equipment) make the magic complete.
Beyond its use as a simple vase, BULB stands out as a very special object, situated somewhere in between re-visitation and poetic fantasy.