Michou Mahtani & Thomas Fuchs Founders of Thomas Fuchs Creative
Thomas Fuchs line of Recycled Drinking Glasses
Recycle - Renew - Reuse
Back in 2011, after serving as global creative director of Donghia—a brand best known for textiles—designer Thomas Fuchs met Michou Mahtani, then global brand director for Remy Martin Louis XIII. The encounter marked the perfect opportunity to bring to life Fuchs’ love of Murano glass, which was originally sparked when he was asked to create a lighting division for Donghia. Combining that passion with the unique sensibility Fuchs had developed over years in the design industry, the pair joined forces to launch Thomas Fuchs Creative.
“I have traveled a lot and have visited glass factories all over the world and I have yet to find a factory that can meet the finesse I have found in Italy,” Fuchs says about his affinity for Murano glass. “Plus, Venice is not a bad place to have to go for work, so that may play a part too.”
Fuchs’ Murano glass chandeliers, which you can find hanging in places like Bergdorf Goodman and Ritz-Carlton hotels, command the highest profile in the designer’s body of work, though they’re far from his most accessible. For those of us who have neither the space nor the tens-of-thousands of dollars to invest in a custom chandelier, Thomas Fuchs Creative has comprehensive lines of barware and vases guided by the same design principles.
It was their intention to create a line of drinking glasses made from recycled glass. This took them to India where they found a factory that specialized in the traditional Indian glass bangles. Upon Thomas seeing the broken glass from the bangles he suggested the colorful glass be melted down into rods and those same rods used to make our Foxware Drinking Glass line.
Stacked Traditional Indian Glass Bangles made into TFC Drinking Glasses
The golden mean and natural patterns discovered during his extensive travels play a major role in Fuchs’s designs. Whether it’s the appearance of thinner, lighter sections shining out through the thicker, darker areas in the Skull Stamp Glasses or the perfectly chaotic looking facets on the Ombre glasses, Fuchs’ creations all have an organic look that belies their precision.
Below: Custom Chandelier made for British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver's Restaurant in New Delhi
The richly exquisite appearance of Murano glass comes from an extremely complex process of craftsmanship dating back to the 14th century that offers unparalleled clarity of color he applied those same techniques in India at the factory.
Thomas Fuchs Bottoms Up Drinking Glasses Turquoise Melon
“I have been working with the maestros for many years and the process is still a little magic to me,” says Fuchs. “One day it is ash, pigment and sand, and the next day it is an object.”
Thomas Fuchs Skull Stamp Drinking Glasses available on Amazon and here on our site
Glasses are available from $30 and vases range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on size and intricacy. You can find Thomas Fuchs Creative’s collections online at their website.
The Infamous Thomas Fuchs #Stemless Roly Poly Wine Cup thats sits well at the beach or in the garden
Love those Roly Poly glasses. Love the colors especially the turquoise & the purple one. All my friends comment on them & ask where I got them. I think they’ll make great Fathers Day gifts!
The roly poly glasses are beautiful and perfect as a stemless wine glass. If I’m setting a formal table and want stemmed glasses my roly poly glasses become candle holders for battery operated votives. I get so many compliments on them however I use them!
I absolutely love these rolly polly glasses. They are versatile and always look good when you entertain. Wether you take them out for wine by the pool or set the on your table, they look great!