Award-winning crystal glass manufacturer J. HILL’s Standard is pleased to announce they will unveil their third collection of tabletop crystal glassware at Les Ateliers Courbet in New York City, on view from September 17 – October 17, 2019. The series “Hand Drawn Glass,” designed and hand drawn by Irish illustrator Nigel Peake, represents a departure from the traditional rigid cut patterns of crystal glass, exploring an organic approach to form and design. The pieces feature clean, elemental shapes, and cuts that reveal the imprint of the hand.
Known for his paintings and drawings of built and unbuilt landscapes – interpreted in his books, textiles, porcelain and glass, Peake has created a series of three tumblers of various sizes: a carafe, a decanter and bowl. A spontaneous cutting motion captures the fleeting movement of the drawing hand.
The new collection offers an editioned series (four available patterns to choose from) and an open edition (seven available patterns to choose from). Oak-wood lids embellish the various patterns and are signed by Peake as part of the craft process.
A book of drawings and references, titled “Fieldwork,” accompanies the collection. The book illustrates the continuum between inspiration, glass and cut pattern. The artist’s visual occupations materialize in the cut glass. In addition, Peake has designed a pattern sheet from which custom pieces can be individually selected.
Founder of J. HILL’s Standard, Anike Tyrrell, notes “Finding a small book of Nigel’s drawings on Irish landscape inspired the idea for the collection. It was clear his account of the textures and patterns so vivid in nature would look brilliant on glassware.”
J. HILL’s Standard, known for their handmade collectible and award-winning crystal glass, creates special collections – be they bespoke, custom or part of the permanent collections – in collaboration with artists, designers and creatives. The company’s debut collections by Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings were shown at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Salone del Mobile 2014. The two collections of glassware have gone on to win many awards and critical praise, including the German Design Council prize for Tabletop in 2016 and the Wallpaper* prize for ‘Best Whiskey Glass.’ The pieces have also been acquired by the Louvre for permanent display in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and in the National Museum of Ireland. Recently, J. HILL’s Standard has collaborated with Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken on a limited collection titled “The Secant Project,” which includes a wall, floor and table light.
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About J. HILL’s Standard:
J. HILL’s Standard products blend contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship celebrating the progressive and the handmade. They celebrate the dynamism of handmade crystal and explore its inherent qualities whilst challenging the existing understanding of cutting and embellishment. Hand-cut crystal is part of Ireland’s legacy – particularly the area of Waterford. Perfecting an age-old discipline, J. HILL's Standard joins the few remaining master craftsmen in the region to preserve and evolve the artistry of hand-cut crystal. An innovative young family company working from the Atlantic shore of Ireland, they create rare, custom and bespoke pieces alongside functional and singular handcrafted objects. Their interest in exploring the inherent qualities of crystal through both form and semiotic contrasts reveals aspects to its nature that may be overlooked by more traditional methodologies.
About Nigel Peake:
Nigel Peake lives in Paris and County Down. He studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh where he received a RIBA Silver Medal Commendation in 2005. His drawings have been collected in several volumes published by Princeton Architectural Press and Yvon Lambert. His collaborations include the NY Times, Hermès and Flos. His art work has been exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, London, and New York.