Petit Volcans is a glass collection designed by IIIF, a multidisciplinary design team consisting of two Icelandic fashion designer, Agla Stefánsdóttir and Sigrún Halla Unnarsdóttir, and a French industrial designer, Thibaut Allgayer.
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The five objects (vases & bowls) in the collection stand for five different stages of a volcano; The submarine volcano – The dormant volcano – The subglacial eruption – The lava eruption and the final stage The crater lagoon. Each product is made by two glass blowers blowing simultaneously, each responsible for one part of the product. When the timing with temperature and size is right the two parts are placed together completing the shape. It is a very delicate process where timing and speed is crucial.
Poetic parallels can be found between glass and lava; both move fluidly and become alive under high temperatures and both dry and stiffen into a solid material when cooling down. While hot and flowing the two materials glow with the same shine and color, giving this project a material poesy that exceeds the story told through shapes.