Nestlé Installation, 2000
Nestlé Headquarters, Vevey, Switzerland
The first major installation we did was for the Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland in 2000. It is the only known example of Italian battuto techniques applied to heavy industrial laminated glass. The single piece of three laminated sheets of glass,weighing one ton, required a special glass suction holding devise and fifteen workers to move in to place. We adapted a glass cutting machine with a flexible hose, thus bringing the cutting to the glass rather than the glass to the cutting.
The pattern of cuts were adapted directly from one of our vessel pieces. The Nestlé building is now an historical national landmark building, designed by the Swiss architect Jean Tschumi in 1960, and renovated by Ignacio Dahl Rocha and Jacques Richter in 2000.