BORIS DE BEIJER X SIGHT UNSEEN
SIGHT UNSEEN MAGAZINE
21 MAY 2021
While we (sort of?) love classic crystal as much as the next person, we’re partial to glass vessels that feel like talismans, with shapes sprung from sci-fi, or color combinations that are equal parts Memphis and sweets shop. What can we say? We have a type. And so it follows that the work of Boris de Beijer, a Netherlands-based artist who cut his teeth creating less-than-practical jewelry, caught our eye.
For years, de Beijer designed purely ornamental vessels made from synthetic and non-traditional materials like resin and pigmented polyurethane cast by hand. That period was spurred by an invitation to design cocktail glasses for a film set in a jazz club of the future. Still, he was inspired by craft and traditions of the past — in particular, ancient Roman glassware. “Since making those cocktail glasses, people have frequently asked me why I didn’t make them in ‘real’ glass,” he said. And so he did. Designing out of his father’s studio and working in close collaboration with the renowned glassblowers at Van Tetterode Glass Studio in Amsterdam, de Beijer has created his first series of glassware made exclusively for Side Gallery in Barcelona. We recently chatted with de Beijer about craft techniques, the unseen power of sculpture, and design work as alchemy.