Traditionally innovative: the European glass legacy

Glasses represent ideals, needs and the tastes of the times. Wars, economic crises and globalization mark endpoints and new beginnings.

The introduction of the fully automated mass production of goblets since the 1960s, the incorporation into supra-regional corporations, imports from low-wage countries and outsourcing are all possible 20. and 21st century along with the decline of traditional glassworks in many European regions. Economic crises, but also changes in social taste and value awareness, challenge the design of glasses again and again.

The innovative ability of artisanal glass remains undisputed. New paths lie in the cross-border coexistence of art, design and the know-how of craft and manufacture. The question of the future remains open.