Awa by Fumie Shibata for Brokis
Awa is a new lamp series presented by Czech company Brokis and designed Fumie Shibata. The look is of a glass bubble that has retained its shape after being inflated. ‘I hope it gives the impression of seeing a ball of air floating when you look up,’ says the designer, revealing the simple poetry of his Japanese sensibility. Brokis is the brainchild of Czech engineer Jan Rabell, who in 1997 acquired the ailing Janštejn Glassworks, which was founded at the start of the 19th century approximately 140 km southeast of Prague. In 2006, Rabell named the company Brokis, the brand becoming a platform to rejuvenate and elevate Bohemian glassmaking by introducing new design talents and preserving generations of knowledge and craftsmanship.