“Light is a phenomenon; it’s something that you cannot fully understand. It’s very emotional - a strong source of energy, and that fascinates me.”
When, in 2018, Lucie Koldova became the first Czech designer invited to design the Das Haus installation for imm Cologne, she chose to make ‘light’ the central, unifying, theme of her installation. This was entirely natural, as light has been the central theme of Koldova’s work and life many times.
Born in 1983 in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Lucie Koldova attended the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design before moving to Paris to work with Arik Levy studio for a year. In addition to her work with the studio, she also pursued her own design projects and experiments, culminating inKoldova’s first lighting designs--with Dan Yeffet--for Brokis: Muffins and Balloons.
Though versatile in her ability to work with media, Koldova’s favourite medium by far is handblown glass, which has made her collaboration with Brokis--including her appointment as Brokis’ art director in 2014--so fruitful. From her studio, which she founded in Paris in 2012 and has since moved to Prague, Lucie Koldova crafts each luminaire to sculpt light and create a sensual experience for the observer.
Perhaps the most notable element of Koldova’s work, aside from its clean, pure beauty (if anything about her work can be apart from that), is how she interweaves time-honoured craft with cutting-edge technology and techniques in her creations. This innovative ability, combined with her fascination with light itself, is what lies at the heart of Ivy, Capsula, Big One, and so many of Lucie Koldova’s remarkable designs.