Lasvit restores Bohemian crystal chandeliers in Milan's Palazzo Serbelloni

Dezeen promotion: Czech glass brand Lasvit has restored four chandeliers crafted from Bohemian crystal which hang in the historic Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan (+ slideshow).

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

Lasvit collaborated with Fondazione Serbelloni to restore the 18th century chandeliers, which were created as part of a 1000-year legacy of glass craftsmanship in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

The company aimed to maintain as many original components as possible, despite traces of age, scratches or minor damage. Its team of master craftsmen dedicated to the restoration of period lighting undertook the task.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

Crystal components were dismantled and shipped from the Italian city to Lasvit glassworks in the Czech Republic, where hand-cutting and blowing techniques were used to create replacement pieces.

The Lasvit for Fondazione Serbelloni project includes four chandeliers, each made up of 40 components that have more than 1,000 elements.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

The chandeliers are located in the grand hall of Palazzo Serbelloni, called Sala Napoleonica or Sala Bonaparte, while scaled-down versions of the same design are fitted in the smaller Sala Gian Galeazzo.

As well as restoration projects, Lasvit produces sculptural lighting and art installations made from hand-blown glass. Examples include the mushroom-like Fungo chandelier by the Campana brothers and Petra Krausová's constellation of pendants.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

The restored Palazzo Serbelloni chandeliers will be unveiled during this year's Milan design week, which takes place from 12 to 17 April 2016.

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Lasvit is a young and progressive Czech company that brought together an outstanding team of glassmakers, following a thousand year-old legacy of the traditional Bohemian craft.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

"I was very excited when I entered Palazzo Serbelloni and discovered the beautiful Bohemian chandeliers of the late 1700s in an Italian palace," said Leon Jakimič, founder and president of Lasvit.

"It was instantly clear that Lasvit and our master glassmakers could significantly contribute to the restoration of these extraordinary artefacts. I have a great respect and admiration for precise craftsmanship of the past masters and their Bohemian approach.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

"We made Bohemian Perfection our motto. 'Bohemian' refers both to the region and the proverbial creative and free-spirited approach. We continue to strive for perfection and precision, much like our predecessors. This philosophy translates into everything Lasvit produces.

"We are proud and honoured to have been given the opportunity to participate in a project of this importance. Thanks to the collaboration of dedicated team of Fondazione Serbelloni and Lasvit's skillful artisans, the chandeliers are now presented in their former glory."

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

"I have always believed in binomial Light = Life, in all its meanings," said Marta Polese, the head of the restoration team on the Italian side.

"This project combines the idea of giving back these magnificent eighteenth-century chandeliers their light and shine and of restoring a new life to the essence of the famous Sala Napoleonica of the historic Palazzo Serbelloni. 'Let there be light' never felt so accurate!"

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

The Lasvit brand, founded in 2007 by Leon Jakimič, sheds a new light on Bohemian glass and takes it into the next millennium. Lasvit combines the authenticity of glass with innovative technologies and creative craftsmanship.

In a few short years, Lasvit established itself as the authority delivering bespoke lighting sculptures and art installations made from hand-blown glass. Collaborations with renowned designers and artists also produced unique glass collections.

Lasvit restores crystal chandeliers for Milan design week

Nendo, Ross Lovegrove, Arik Levy, Daniel Libeskind, Maarten Baas, Czech legends Rene Roubicek and Borek Sipek are among those who chose Lasvit in order to embody their unconventional artistic vision, endow it with the precision and mastery of our glassmakers, and produce an impressive creative oeuvre. This is a manifesto of Lasvit's uncompromising mission: To transform glass into breathtaking light and design experiences.

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