Born and trained in Belgium, Anna Torfs moved as a young designer to the Czech Republic to work with a group of renowned glass masters. She began designing her own glass collections in 2002. Over the years Anna Torfs has created the Basics and Edition collections. In 2011 she launched Objects, her third collection. However distinctive, all three collections share the same approach – contemporary design using traditional glass techniques as a base from which to explore and create.
The ability of glass to capture, reflect and absorb light is the central theme in Anna’s work. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. These unconventional cutting techniques also reveal the contrast between the vibrant centre and the sober “skin” of her objects.
All of Anna’s pieces are handmade. Anna’s work is infused with her wonder at how the techniques of glass blowing, cutting and sanding – which have hardly changed over the past 200 years – can lead to contemporary objects. Because each piece is carefully crafted by hand, no two pieces are identical. Slight variations in appearance make each piece a unique object of art.