Laura Jungmann & Cornelius Réer
SAMESAME, glass bottles, 2014
Industrial glass/bottle, H c. 20–35, Ø c. 9–11 cm,
Edition of 10 samples per model
Photo: Philip Radowitz, © kkaarrlls, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe
Wine, water, beer bottles – all standard bottles. Already in finished form, but now cleaned and with the labels removed. They are also raw glass, or parts for new manufacturing. Heated to high temperatures, they can be reshaped – to vases or jugs for water, wine or juice. Or for flowers.
Laura Jungmann studied product design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany, and at Istanbul Technical University. Since 2013 she has been working freelance and on her own projects. In 2013 her university thesis involved cooperation with several regional craftspeople on concepts of meaningful work. Since then regional, ecological and social ways of working have been at the centre of her work. Her thesis led to her collaboration with the glassmaker Cornelius Réer and the product label SAMESAME. The two design, develop, manufacture and sell their glass objects together.
Cornelius Réer trained as a glassmaker and then worked as an assistant in various studios, including in Sweden. He studied for a year at the International Glass Centre Brierley Hill in the United Kingdom and then went freelance with his own collection. From 2004 to 2008 he ran his own glass studio in Fürth, Germany, and moved to Nuremberg in 2008. His design idioms use subtle colours, and create well-working objects with decisive forms. He is seen as one of the most innovative glassmakers in Germany. In 2014 Cornelius Réer and the product designer Laura Jungmann founded the label SAMESAME.