Students Challenged to Explore the Limits of Glass
Renowned designer and lecturer Josh Owen has challenged his students at the Rochester Institute of Technology to explore the use of glass in design. The project – known as metaproject02, was run in conjunction with the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG).
Owen established Metaproject in 2010 as a two-semester industrial design course which partners students with industry. The 2011 edition focussed on creating products with glass and the results were exhibited during New York Design Week earlier this year.
The products the students developed were truly surprising with items such as wearable glass and stemware which comes with its own bowl for nibbles and garnishes. One of our favourites has to be the ‘Receiver’ – a glass cover designed to go over your mobile phone. The cover blocks out the sight and sound of your mobile, giving you a much needed break from technology for at least part of the day. RIT intends to publish a book which shows the design process and development of each product.
The Friends of Glass support this initiative and hope to see many more such projects explore the design potential of glass in the future. And if you’re in New York over the summer, make sure you check out CMoG and its stunning collection of glass art. Of course, there is also the Shanghai Glass Museum if you are in China, or Broadfield House in the United Kingdom. Don’t forget to share your pictures on our Friends of Glass Facebook page or tweet us @GlassFriendsEUR.