At first glance, ice and glass don’t have much in common. They are more like opposites, as glass in its raw state is like scorching molten lava. But this icy design piece is formed by the marriage of both, sounding a song of ice and fire sung in Northern Bohemia. It was only once we understood the visual essence of ice, that we were able to capture it in glass.
Glacier, designed by William Pedersen, is the result. “Ice has always fascinated me. Waiting for the first freeze in Minnesota, when I was growing up, was a big event. I couldn’t wait to get out on the ice with my skates. Playing ice-hockey was a big part of my early life,” says the renowned American architect.
One of the earliest inspirations for this chandelier dates back to Bill’s expedition to Ellesmere Island, where he trekked over glaciers. “It was in May, when the ice was just starting to melt. We chopped chunks of it out of glaciers for drinking water. A pail of freshly-hacked ice from a glacier had somewhat the same visual quality of cast glass,” says Pedersen.
The air bubbles in cast glass are exactly like those we find in ice. Glacier draws on this similarity. It is a piece of winter beauty, ideal for exhibition inside a house which can withstand any change of season.