COTEINVENT 2015

 
 biot

 1 – Les pigments qui servent à teinter le verre. 2 à 4 – Né en 1956, le verre bullé se décline aujourd'hui dans de nombreuses formes et différents coloris, dont une ligne de pièces luminescentes, qui deviennent phosphorescentes la nuit.

5 – Anne Lechaczynski, présidente de l'entreprise familiale.

La Verrerie de Biot

  • A living heritage of excellence

05.2015

Anne Lechaczynski, chair of La Verrerie de Biot glassworks, has created a trophy embodying the competition's key concepts: knowhow and innovation.

 

Created specially by drawing on a local Living Heritage firm's knowhow, this trophy symbolises the desire to bring together the ancient craft of glassblowing and developing technology. "They go hand in hand," states Anne Lechaczynski. "In my firm I've always pushed my artisans towards technical innovation and design. In fact in 2013, with master glassmaker
Jean-Claude Novaro we created luminescent glass, for which we received the French prize for technical innovation. From that we developed a collection of glasses and carafes that store light, so at night they're phosphorescent." La Verrerie de Biot also produces an acrylic-glass version of its famous bubble glass, for use beside swimming pools and on boats. "We're the only firm in the world to have mastered fusing colour in the mass," she continues, "and each piece is still crafted by hand by four master glassmakers working in a continuous relay." The Verrerie de Biot's style is hallmarked by the bubble glass it "invented" in 1956 by turning a fault into a feature that has gone down in the history of glassmaking. In 2015, this unique signature glass comes in a choice of 12 colours and has won the favours of numerous chefs, among them Alain Ducasse for his Spoon restaurants around the world, Gérald Passédat at Le Petit Nice in Marseille, and La Petite Maison de Nicole in Istanbul.

 

Promoting local creativity
At the head of the Biot family firm, Anne Lechaczynski campaigns to promote the applied arts and strives to publicise all types of "non-delocalisable" creativity likely to energise the Alpes-Maritimes' tourist industry. La Verrerie de Biot sits surrounded by nature between Nice and Cannes, a complex made up of La Halle des Verriers (glassmakers' workshop), the Ecomusée du Verre de Biot, the showroom, the international glass gallery and a shop selling interior decoration. Every year more than 700,000 visitors discover its glassblowers and their creations. For the winners of COTE Invent', Anne Lechaczynski has conceived a glass sculpture in the form of a delicate head deep in thought. "Memory is fundamental for civilisation to advance and tackle new challenges, artistic or otherwise. Tradition will always hold the secret to emotion."

 

La Verrerie de Biot,
Chemin des Combes - Tel. 04 93 65 03 00