Friday, June 13, 2014

The Allure of Tiffany

By Gretchen Sawatzki

Tiffany, circa 1908
Arguably one of the most elegant and creative designers in American history, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) brought a sense of beauty and allure to all types of creations. A chemist and glassmaker at an early age, Tiffany made his passion into a career with the development of Louis C. Tiffany and Company, Associated Artists in 1881. The firm produced high-quality, handcrafted interior decorations for those who could afford luxury wares.

In 1885, Tiffany founded his own firm to explore methods in glassmaking. Having patented opalescent glass four years earlier, Tiffany sought to level-up his glass production. In 1893, Tiffany introduced his first blown glass vases and bowls, called "Favrile." According to Tiffany the name meant "hand made" in old English.

Tiffany light fixture, circa 1910

Today, Tiffany's pieces stand alone in the world of art glass because of his insatiable appetite to push his craft. From jewelry to windows, lamps, and mosaics, Tiffany created something that everyone will lust after.  And, now through August 24, 2014 you can experience the rich body of Tiffany's work at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts during their Louis Comfort Tiffany exhibition.  You can explore his work with metals to blown-glass.  If you can't get enough Tiffany we also recommend the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, which houses the largest private collection of Tiffany in the world, or Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida.  All are worth the drive or flight to see the spectacular creations of this one-of-a-kind man.

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