Luxury Design, Past & Present
Elegant studio glass one-off piece (1983) designed by Sybren Valkema in collaboration with glassblower Gary Beecham. Made in Studio Harvey Littleton in the United States. This opalescent glass object is decorated with human figures on all sides. They seem to hold balloons in their hands. It has diamond-incised signatures on the side by Sybren Valkema and Gary Beecham.
Sybren Valkema (1916-1996) was an arts teacher at, among others, the Rietveld Academy. He had his own studio in Blaricum (Netherlands) but worked in numerous studios both in Europe and the United States during his career as well. Because of his invention of a small-scale furnace, the glass artist could both be the designer and maker in his own studio and was able to experiment. This invention played an important role in the international history of Studio Glass ('Free Glass'). Valkema was the first to organize a European exhibition with Free glass in the Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.