Wishlist: The Glas Italia Shimmer Tables in the Homes of Son Ye-Jin, Troye Sivan and More Celebrities
Consider it the evolved, sophisticated version of a rainbow: Glas Italia’s Shimmer tavoli (Italian for tables), the brainchild of Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, delights with its striking iridescent finish. The series of round tables, consisting of high and low tables as well as consoles in laminated and glued glass, can be characterised by its special multichromatic shine.
The collection is a star in its own right; Australian singer-songwriter and actor Troye Sivan has the Shimmer side table in the main living area of his Melbourne home. The side table also made frequent on-screen appearances in the Korean hit drama Crash Landing on You, as part of the contemporary decor that can be found within Yoon Se-ri’s (Son Ye-Jin) home. In fact, Son herself was so taken by the design that she purchased the Shimmer coffee table for her very own abode.
The Shimmer coffee table in Son Ye-Jin's contemporary home, featured on Korean variety show Master in the House (Image: Courtesy of SBS)
The Shimmer side table is featured in Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan's Melbourne abode, designed by Flack Studio (Photo: Anson Smart for Architectural Digest, via Troye Sivan/@troyesivan)
Made from iridescent glass with a multi-coloured sheen, the collection boasts an ethereal quality that quietly steals the show in any space. The team sought to fuse practical functionality with the beauty of glass. The round-edged tables rest on slanted legs with curved rims that touch the ground, while the consoles are balanced on a single base and are designed to be leaned against a wall for additional support.
The Shimmer side table featured in the master bedroom of a Perth abode designed by Australia-based multidisciplinary firm State of Kin (Photography: Jack Lovel, Sophie Pearce)
A mix of the Shimmer high and low side tables featured at Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019, pictured with other Glas Italia designs (Image: Courtesy of Space Furniture)
The Glas Italia Shimmer coffee table featured in a project by Australian interior architect The Studio* Collaborative (Image: Courtesy of Steve Brown, via Glas Italia)
The allure of the collection lies in the way the laminated glass reacts with light. Depending on your vantage point, light source and angle, the surfaces seemingly change hues with an infinite variety of colour nuances. The elusive colours shift tones when viewed from different perspectives, creating a dynamic form that elevates any space with a little extra life and movement.
When light catches the tables at the right angle, the reflective forms also throw swirls of colourful shadows around the space; the result is a room with an idiosyncratic charm and multifaceted expressions.
Interestingly, Urquiola initially harboured a loathing for the material. "I hate glass when you have to do furniture. It makes me vomit," she revealed in an interview with Dezeen. “If you're working in tableware or little items, it can be very interesting. When you're working in typologies like tables, bookcases, any other typologies for the house, it’s really a material that's not for me."
To allow the Spanish designer to overcome her unusual dislike of the material, Glas Italia gave her the freedom to work with glass through her own unique methods. Through a fusion of Urquiola’s creativity and the Italian glass manufacturer’s refined expertise and technologically advanced production techniques, the collection came to life.
The pieces in the range are available in opaque or transparent glass, or with a micro-dot decorative pattern. In Singapore, the Glas Italia Shimmer collection retails at Space Furniture. Equal parts chic and striking, the collection will add a touch of glamour and shine to your interiors.