Gallery Libby Sellers presents Fortune International by Berlin-based designer Mark Braun and the venerable Austrian glass company J & L Lobmeyr. Braun’s proposal for the series saw a classic water carafe, handcrafted by Lobmeyr, engraved with international waters depicting one of seven glaciers, seven lakes or seven rivers from across the globe. The collaboration between Braun, Lobmeyr and Gallery Libby Sellers will see the addition of an eighth waterway – London’s River Thames – launched exclusively at the gallery in December 2011.
Lobmeyr’s emphasis on the handmade goes beyond venerating the traditions established by the company’s founders over 200 years ago, to encompass a contemporary take on luxury. By striving for integrity, quality and beauty in even the most humble of objects, they are imbuing these objects with intrinsic characteristics that encourage longevity and loyalty from the end user. These carafes are to be enjoyed and employed day-to-day as an essential object, just as the water that they are designed to contain is an essential resource for daily life.
In this context, ‘Fortune’ takes on a different connation. Water is the luxury here. 70% of the planet’s surface is water, yet it is a resource that is under threat. With climate change, increasing populations and pollution these waterways are varying daily. Braun’s documentation is a frozen moment in this torrent of change. For example, Fortune – Lake Baikal has a connection to one of the largest freshwater sources; Fortune – Lambert Glacier shows the largest glacier in the Antarctic, which is slowly melting; Fortune – River Euphrates, depicts an important water lifeline for several countries; while Fortune – Thames celebrates the pivotal role the river has played as a thoroughfare to London’s prosperity.
As Mark Braun has said, ‘We all know that this water will be the new gold’.
The numbered series, and exclusive Thames version, are each signed and detail the name of the body of water, its size and the time the carafe took to engrave. A range of postcard images by graphic designer Anna Sartorius accompanies the series.
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