2010, Leerdam, The Netherlands
Produced for the National Glass Museum in Leerdam as Museum Year Object for the year 2010 in a blue version of which only 200 copies were produced. This is the matt green version.
This was produced in a run of 1000 copies which was released shortly thereafter.
For the creation of this object, Van Beek immersed himself into the history of Leerdam glass. “I have always been intrigued by the aesthetics of pressed glass” he says. “If you look at what was being done in the late 20s compared to what designers are doing now, it just does not add up.”
Cup and Paste was inspired by drawings of a cup of A.D. Copier and a series of plates by H.P. Berlage that were discovered by Van Beek in the NAI. Those drawings were designs for pressed glass objects for the Leerdam Glass Factory, some of which were never produced.
Furthermore he “borrowed” the handle from a tableware design by De Bazel in order to design the cup. In the final result, the actual Leerdam characteristics are clearly recognizable, but with an original and contemporary twist. Both the cup and the saucer are marked on the underside. In mint condition.
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