There’s a fine line that exists between simple and plain. That line—as Turkish glass brand Nude continues to artfully delineate—is defined by quality and enhanced by playfulness.
Though on the market for just three years, the brand, an offshoot of the major industrial group Şişecam, has been prolific and consistently inventive, producing collections with 20 designers from around the globe. Collaborators include renowned names like Ron Arad, Joe Doucet, and Nigel Coates, as well as emerging talents, such as Switzerland-based designer Tomas Kral and the Amsterdam design firm Formafantasma. Nude has created a family bonded by a single core value: simplicity.
Emre Bozbeyli, design director at Nude, steers the company with a philosophical approach. While the brand’s products, which—from vases and wine stems to even a modest stable of lighting—could all certainly be called simple, none is devoid of personality. In selecting design partners, Bozbeyli makes sure of this.
Kral, who began working with the brand in 2013, grew up in Czechoslovakia, where he recalls always being surrounded by glass objects and baubles; the country is famous for its production of glassware. Many of the Czech pieces, he recalls, were rather kitschy. His designs are anything but. Instead of an saturation of detail, Kral focuses on one element and lets the rest stand back. In his Lady collection, which Nude launched at the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris earlier this year, the carafe neck takes a cue from a renaissance ruff. For Salone del Mobile this week, his Parrot tumbler set will be revealed. Unlike the loud bird itself, this delicate glass set is clean-lined and sophisticated.