"How I discovered the beauty of geometry"

by Roman Kvita, 2014

I’m no mathematician but I know that a sphere is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space. This was my starting point, as I sketched my first rough ideas.

My aim was to connect the tradition and quality of hand-made glass with the precision and possibilities of pressed glass. I was influenced by legendary Czech glass designers Frantisek Vizner, Rudolf Jurnikl, Jirí Zejmon and Jirí Brabec, who all took a sculptural approach to their craft. My visit to the Nachtmann factory also made a major impression, as I saw for myself the infinite possibilities of modern-day glassmaking. Back at the academy, I experimented with spheres and saw how spherical convex shapes play with light to make striking refractions. As my sketches became 3D sculptures, I applied the spheroid principle to a family of products including drinking glasses, plates and bowls. Then, as I held the first prototypes, I realised that geometry had shaped my creativity.