Handle with Care

When Slovak glass design tells folk stories

The Handle with Care glass collection is the first output of the Flowers for Slovakia platform. A unique glass design collection presents twelve conceptual objects inspired by Slovak folk legends and fairy tales. Having been translated into the language of signs, each of the objects tells a different story. As once the traditional treasure boxes in Slovak households used to hide the wealth of their owners – twelve plywood boxes highlight unique pieces of young design creativity.

In the “Handle with Care” collection, each metaphor that was melt into the glass evokes curiosity to learn more. The jar with grips from a handbag updates a story of a girl who chose love over money, unlike nowadays gold-diggers who hunt after millionaires, with expensive handbags as their signal sign. Chained duck leg prefers freedom over wealth, imprisoned ball embodies blind hunt for profit and tight corset unveils sick understanding of beauty. An attentive observer decodes the meaning quickly – designers update old stories and bring their timeless message back to our lives.

The collection is a result of one year of educational process. Twelve most talented design students, who were chosen on the ground of portfolio submission, were awarded not only worthy practical experience but as well a unique chance to tell exceptional story and showcase their design thinking. First ideas were developed during an ideation workshop in Banská Štiavnica (24. – 28. 9. 2010), and the collection was consequently produced in cooperation with AJETO Glass in Lindava and Nový Bor, with support of LASVIT (19. – 22. 4. 2011).

The Collection

Click on the object to read the story and meet it’s author.

A Girl That Went to Fetch WaterPeter Simoník

A Girl That Went to Fetch Water – Peter Simoník

Bathory - Kristína Chudíková

Bathory -
Kristína Chudíková

Brodské Village - Michal Sloboda

Brodské Village –
Michal Sloboda

Duck Tarn - Elena Bolceková

Duck Tarn –
Elena Bolceková

Hidden Treasure - Ľudmila Žilková

Hidden Treasure –
Ľudmila Žilková

Jánošík -  Michala Lipková

Jánošík –
Michala Lipková

The Bell of Pressburg - E. Bolceková, P. Simoník

The Bell of Pressburg – E. Bolceková, P. Simoník

The Black Lady of Kežmarok - Michala Lipková

The Black Lady of Kežmarok – M. Lipková

The White Lady of Levoča - Jakub Pollág

The White Lady of Levoča – Jakub Pollág

Well of Love - Ondřej Elfmark

Well of Love -
Ondřej Elfmark

Tom Thumb - Ján Rehák

Tom Thumb -
Ján Rehák

Water Spirit of the River Hron - Zuzana Labudová

Water Spirit of the River Hron – Zuzana Labudová

Installation Design

Collection’s exhibition system reminds us of chests, used in the past to store treasures and precious objects. The collection was presented for the first time on 21. 6. 2012 in window displays of SHTOOR : Home Made Cafe chain in Bratislava’s Old Town.

The exhibition system was designed by Michala Lipková and Andrej Olah. The installation is spatially modular and flexible, easy to transport and independent in terms of lightning conditions. The full set contains of 12 plywood lightboxes with detachable stands of 3 different heights.

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