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Fratelli Pezza: Bel Ava, sandblasted glass comes to life

The French designers of Studio Nosqua have started a new project in glass decoration taking advantage of the sandblasting cabin manufactured by Fratelli Pezza.

The story of Nosqua begins at the French National Glass School, where Gauthier Dietschi and Manon Fernandez met and developed their passion for glass working. A few years later they decided to combine their respective skills and embrace that new generation of glassmakers who are revolutionizing traditional codes, using glass in all its forms.

Leveraging their background as glass decorators and product designers, pushing innovations to the limit and giving new life to more traditional techniques, the Nosqua team creates lighting elements, walls and furniture for interiors. Their creations, the result of a long process of research and experimentation, enhance manual work and the excellence of glass-working techniques, focusing on a reflection on the use that each of us makes of objects.

“Working with molten glass rather than with plain glass means choosing a language.”

Bel Ava is a collection inspired by the mountains, when their slopes are covered with a blanket of snow. Glass is often seen as a cold material, and Nosqua through the sandblasting technique manages to take this effect to extremes, recreating the profile of a Nordic landscape. Every detail is carefully handcrafted, and the glass seems to envelop the design, the frozen mountains appear in the thickness of the glass in an incredibly realistic way, so much that it seems you can touch them!

Whether it’s a shelf, a coffee table or any other object, your gaze will be irresistibly attracted by its glass part. Bel Ava seems to invite people to observe it, touch it, immerse themselves into the heart of its winter landscape. The philosophy that guides the partners of Studio Nosqua is to honour French glassmaking know-how by creating high-end products in small or custom made series, and is fully expressed in the creation of vivid works, which offer different sensations depending on the point of observation: “The objects of our daily life are just an extension of our gestures.”

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