Since the beginning of the 19th century, the glass dynasty Lobmeyr has proved to be one of the most innovative and renowned in the Austrian industry. Rather than limiting himself to the role of glass merchant, its founder Josef Lobmeyr, exclusive supplier to the Imperial court, invested and developed new designs and manufacturing techniques. Expanding upon the traditional offerings from the 19th century, Lobmeyr’s successor Stefan Rath looked to the Wiener Werkstätte architects and artists for further inspiration in developing more progressive designs for service sets, decorative figures and glass chandeliers.
The Viennese family-owned workshop has long gained worldwide recognition. It remains one of the most regarded glass makers today. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitan Chandelier creation, designed by Hans Harald Rath for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Lincoln Center commission was ordered to Lobmeyr by the Republic of Austria as a gift in gratitude for the United States aid in the European Recovery Program. The very first ovation in the Metropolitan Opera house erupted when the chandelier rose toward the ceiling on its grand opening night, September 16, 1966.
At the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Lobmeyr's Metropolitan Chandeliers donation to the New York City's Institution, Les Ateliers Courbet and will present a retrospective exhibition showing the design and craftsmanship legacy of Vienna's innovative and iconic glass makers including their latest creations.
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