Jan Plechá & Henry Wielgus


April 2016
Czech designers Jan Plechá & Henry Wielgus have recently presented a rich range of lighting products. For Lasvit, they have created Polygons, a pendant collection combining the traditional Czech glass-cutting method with new forms derived via mathematical modelling. As the designers explain,“We were fascinated by working with a huge piece of glass as well as by hand-cutting, which enjoys a long history here. We tried to place this craft technique in the current context.” The name of the series refers to the shape of the lamp, which was 3D-modelled on a computer but produced using the glass-cutting technique. “When coming up with the design, we were inspired among other things by the highly decorative, old-stye cut vases.” The duo’s Piano Lamp revived the principle of a piano lamp, transforming it into a universal light fitting for contemporary interiors. The designers were inspired by the classic fixture and proceeded to morph it into a modern version that is simple in shape yet boasts ornamental details.