Ready to celebrate February arriving? Me too which is why I thought you might like some inspiration from the wonderful people at LSA International. If you’ve managed dry January, (we haven’t) I expect that there will be lots of you raising a glass or two. It really is time to celebrate!
Time To Celebrate With LSA International – TATRA Collection
With January being the month of austerity after the indulgences of Christmas, it’s definitely time to start living a little and planning a few gatherings at home. We’re not quite ready to go
About LSA International
As someone who does own a few pieces already, I can honestly say you cannot beat LSA for the quality of their handmade glass. They’re also incredibly beautiful to look at too.
A family run business, LSA International has been designing and creating contemporary mouthblown glass and high-quality porcelain since 1966. It’s no surprise that their global success has been down to their attention to detail and their timeless elegant designs.
Monika Lubkowska-Jonas, LSA International’s Designer and Creative Director, is the daughter of co-founder, Janusz Lubkowski. Monika creates a staggering 250 designs a year. These range from practical everyday glassware to striking statement pieces made from a combination of materials.
About LSA’s TATRA Collection
I’m always fascinated as to where designers find their inspiration to their pieces. The TATRA Collection’s inspiration comes from the Polish tradition of woodworking and the smoked spindle-shaped artisan cheeses made exclusively in Poland’s Tatra mountains. LSA have incorporated these angular designs creating graphic motifs that adorn the TATRA collection. These
TATRA Vase & Ash Base
The TATRA vase comes complete with its own ash wooden base that has been beautifully hand-carved. And for your peace of mind, and the planet, LSA only use wood that is FSC® certified.
Both the vase and base are the result of combining two skilled traditions of woodworking and mouthblown glass. Each skillset complements each other adding detail and interest to your floral displays without being overwhelming.
The ash wooden base adds a wonderful contrasting texture to the glass vase itself. Each complimenting each other with their handcrafted angular motifs. The unexpected addition of the wooden base literally elevates your floral displays to another level which I personally adore.
Monika Lubkowska-Jonas, Designer – LSA International
“The TATRA Collection is a bold and contemporary take on some of the most traditional designs that rural Polish woodworkers have used for centuries. Applying the designs to
glassas well as wooden accessories has resulted in one of my favourite ranges which combines a feeling of nostalgia with a sense of fun”
I particularly love how wood brings an additional layer of warmth to the dinner table. It’s a wonderful contrasting texture that compliments ceramics and glass alike.
TIP: Layering your table with different textures, as with the rest of your home, brings interest and character to your dining experience.
This TATRA vase is also the perfect height for dinner parties as it doesn’t impose on yours or your guests view of each other. Being a smaller posy vase it’s also great for when larger arrangements are starting to go over. Just recut stems of surviving flowers and pop them in.
FLOWER TIP: When arranging your flowers ensure you remove any leaves from the stems that are below the water line. Leaving foliage on you stems below the water will make the water go off quicker which lessens the life of your flowers. There’s nothing worse than seeing murky leaf filled clear flower vases.
If you like to make more of an impact with your flower arrangements, there is are two taller versions of this vase. These are perfect for longer stemmed flowers such as lilies etc. You can check them out here.
TATRA Champagne/Cocktail Glasses
As with the TATRA vase, these Champagne/Cocktail glasses are hand-cut with contrasting patterns using traditional artisan methods. You get three glasses of the same design and one with a criss-cross design that mimics the wooden details of this range.
These glasses have thicker stems which I personally prefer as they offer more stability. They’re ideal if you have family/friends that are a bit heavier handed than most. They also feel lovely to handle and are a nice weight, unlike cheaper glassware.
Who doesn’t love a design that offers versatility? These TATRA Champagne/Cocktail glasses are no exception. Their beautiful shape offers themselves up to a little creativity don’t you think?
Use them to really wow your guests by serving up a pudding or two. I’ve learnt that presentation hides the fact that I’ve rushed to put together an easy pudding.
Hosting Tip: The simplest of puddings can look impressive in pretty glassware. Particularly great if you’re pushed for time. And we all have had moments when our best intentions have gone out the window or we’ve burnt the souffle.
If you’re not quite ready for hosting a dinner party there is always afternoon tea. These TATRA glasses would look great filled with a special treat or two and shared with friends don’t you think?
Whilst LSA International might not be the cheapest, they’re worth investing in even if you buy a couple of key pieces from which you can build upon. They really do make the difference to your table.
It’s sad to think we’ve become more of a throwaway society with all the cheap imported offerings available. The urge to have it all now ultimately means we have less regard for our belongings. As a result, we have made a huge impact on our environment and not in a good way either. Being more mindful of what we buy has its benefits in the long run. Buying artisan pieces that have been skillfully handmade will ensure you’ll cherish them for years to come. Choosing timeless pieces, like LSA International will ensure they’ll be loved by future generations too.
You can check out LSA International’s full TATRA Collection here.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks as always for stopping by!
Disclaimer: I received these pieces from LSA International for an honest and fair review. As always, I only work with companies that I believe will be of interest to you.