Mushrooms at Masterly, The Dutch in Milano 2019
Big Mushrooms at Masterly, The Hague 2019


All my designs start with an idea but then things go another way. You have to be quite flexible when you work with glass. There is no computer needed – you just have to keep your eyes open. I call myself a form finder – I’m not trying to develop nice shapes, I work on a process. We do some glass blowing tests, sometimes things go wrong, and sometimes they go right – sometimes you get an idea for free!

Twirling Mushroom
Big Mushrooms at Dutch Design Week, 2018
Close-up of a Mushroom foot
The biggest Big Mushroom, more than 2 meters high!
Big Mushrooms in Dubai, 2018
Making a Big Mushroom in the Bohemen

Making of

The shade is blown into a wooden mould – a glass optic mould. We use different size moulds so that they are always different. Then to create the patterns we use silver nitrate, and shellac to seal the silver. It’s been done this way for 500 years.

I have several ways of making the base – sometimes we blow it during the stem making, and sometimes they are made separately and glued together.

We use LED because it is a big advantage in glass; they don’t create much heat so you can build it into the light. It’s been great for my experiments and form finding, as I’ve built new shapes that are closer and thinner, that just weren’t possible before.

The Future Perfect

Some Big Mushroom are sold at The Future Perfect. Find them here!