Springboard Design

Contemporary Directions

63 works of contemporary studio glass produced during the last fifteen years were selected from Maxine and William Block’s personal collection of more than 180 pieces. Inspired by an advertisement for a fashion house, Prada, which showed a woman in stiletto heels standing in a fine, white sand – the main ingredient of glass – we conceived of the show as having a naturally lit, sunny, summer-at-the beach feeling. In our exhibition design, a sequence of 10′ square, sand-filled boxes (sandboxes) formed the bases for the pedestals and vitrines, while translucent, polycarbonate panels formed subtly glowing backdrops to each grouping.

photography by Joshua Franzos