Glacier by Brodie Neill at SuperDesign


Glacier by Brodie Neill

This chaise designed by Brodie Neill is cast from 135 litres of clear glass and has to be cooled very slowly inside the mould over the course of 80 days.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

Caller Glacier, the piece is the first in a limited run of ten and weighs 300kg.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

It's on show at annual show SuperDesign in London, which is open at 7aWakefield Street, London WC1N 1PG until 7pm today.

Brodie Neill is a SuperDesign regular, having presented a bench carved from laminated plastic, plywood, chipboard and fibreboard in 2008 and a wire-frame chair in 2010. See all our stories about his work here.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

Here are some more details from Brodie Neill:

Designer Brodie Neill launches his latest limited-edition creation, Glacier, during SuperDesign in London this October.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

This lucid chaise longue has a smooth, fluid-like shape consisting of a single, swopping gesture, an energy captured in pure, optically transparent glass.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

The once-fluid material flows from the central core and counterbalances the outstretched planes of the overall piece. Edition one of only ten ever made, Glacier is the perfect synergy of design and craftsmanship.

Glacier by Brodie Neill

Glacier’s graceful form is hand-cast from 135 litres of molten clear glass that fills the 7ft-long mould. Once the liquid glass has filled the mould cavity, the temperature is slowly reduced over an 80-day period allowing the glass to anneal and strengthen to certified standards. The monolithic form is fused with a total weight of 300kg.

SuperDesign emphasizes the current synergy between design and the visual arts with inventive ground-breaking displays that present contemporary design in a fresh and invigorating light. Yearly, this exclusive show now brings together collections from leading galleries and pioneering international designers at a crucial time in the art calendar, during the Frieze Art.

  • pepper lime

    A captivating process and the material looks lovely when completed! I only wish the shape itself didn't look like a Hadid production. It has been overdone.

    • Henk

      Hadid? More like Colani or Lovegrove.

  • Beautiful. Though I don't think I'd wanna sit on hard glass after a hard day at work. :(

  • Mike

    How much energy do you need to produce this? Do want to relax on cold glass? Is this SuperDesign?

    • Len

      and transportation cost in both energy and money…

      • amsam

        Griping about the weight and inefficiency of a piece of luxury furniture is like griping that a Chanel handbag uses leathers that are hard to find. That's the WHOLE POINT.

        • Andrew

          Yeah. But design IS NOT Fashion. Inefficiency shouldn't be the appeal of a piece of furniture.
          Now whoever that buys it, he will have to tell everyone that the piece was let to cold for 80 days and blah, blah blah…
          Is not that is only value?? time spent to make it?

  • David

    Wow. Very cool. I can see this becoming one of those collector pieces like the Lockheed lounge. Well done Brodie

  • miasmah

    this has no depth at all. i still think its funny how people use all these elaborate processes and materials and then extend it so so so far and produce…. a chair. mind bending contribution to existence.

  • Max

    If design wants to be art then it certainly needs to provide more food for thought than how long it took to make it. A chair made from fresh cow manure would probably take just as long to stiffen but be all the more interesting to experience (and ponder upon). This one is just beautiful and banal.


    Brodie is a designer of significant originality. The pursuit of complexity has become an end in its self. It is the design route to accolades and financial rewards. The Cinderella table is the design that kicked this pursuit of complexity into high gear with a sale of one table for $284,000.00 to Brad Pitt. The magazines, museums and galleries go into a feeding frenzy to cover these designs and their designers.