Ausstellung: Ted Muehling Selects Lobmeyr Glass from the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents
“Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection”
This is the 10th installment in an exhibition series devoted to showing rotations of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s permanent collection.
Ted Muehling Selects Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection celebrates Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum´s recent acquisition of 163 examples of glass from J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna, Austria. For this installation, renowned American designer Ted Muehling was invited to bring his personal perspective to the presentation of objects which span virtually the entire history of one of Europe´s leading glass fims and tell the history of glassmaking in Central Europe during a 175 year period.
Throughout most of its history, Lobmeyr has engaged outside designers who work in other media. Josef Lobmeyr opened a glassware shop in 1822, which sold works from a number of other producers. His nephew Ludwig Lobmeyr, who took over the firm in 1855, was a founder of the school of the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, where one could gain insight from history, interact with other contemporary designers and teach future designers. Both Ludwig and his nephew Stefan Rath commissioned work by artists from the Wiener Werkstätte, including Josef Hoffmann and Oswald Haerdtl. Subsequent designs by Hans Harald Rath spoke to a more casual like style of the 1950s and 1960s. In the last decade, the sixth-generation family owners have continued the tradition by commissioning important contemporary designers such as Polka and Ted Muehling.
For this exhibition, I had the privilege of becoming familiar with Lobmeyr's work from 1822 to the present. The craft and design maintained and nurtured? there? encourage the continuing art of glass making. Lobmeyr remains a place where designers, artists, architects, and artisans are inspired to attempt the extrordinary
- Ted Muehling
Ted Muehling has been designing for more than 20 years and his work includes porcelain, glass, metalwork and jewelry. His exquisite designs are adaptations of nature, evoking both the organic and the manmade, and are sensual and tactile in their sculptural simplicity. Muehling has worked with Steuben as well as the Porzellan Manufactur Nymphenburg in Germany, where he designed hand-painted and naturalistic tableware. For Lobmeyr, he has created significant new designs that have expanded the range of commissions for the firm. His work was also featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s recent exhibition “Design for a Living World.”
The following lectures have been supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum in celebration of Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Collection.