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Quetzaltenango          Guatemala 







In 2011 Van Eijk & van der Lubbe travelled to Guatemala to design the first collection for Imperfect Design. The Dutch designers and the glass blowers from Guatemala managed to overcome the large differences in culture and the way of working during an intensive and inspiring collaboration. Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe used the local techniques and materials as a starting point for their designs. The result;  a pure and eye-catching collection of vases made of recycled glass. These handmade vases are available around the world and successfully sold from Japan to Chile and across Europe.


The success of this extraordinary collaboration inspired us to continue working on new items with the craftsmen from Guatemala. In 2014 a new Cantel collection consisting of vases, carafes and drinking glasses was introduced. At Design Post Cologne and at the Maison & Objet in Paris Imperfect Design will introduce new Cantel glass candlesticks, made by local glass blowers in different shades of recycled glass. Each candlestick comes with a handmade candle of certified palm wax.


With the expansion of functionality and models the Cantel collection develops into a harmonious landscape of hand-blown glass in different shades of recycled glass. At the same time a long lasting collaboration offers new opportunities for the local glass blowers and their communities in Guatemala.