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A glassware pioneer is as relevant as ever.

In 1944, Andries Copier, then the most celebrated glass designer in Holland, was forging passports for the resistance and forced into hiding. The Germans, unable to find him, destroyed his house, marking the only time the craftsman interrupted his work since starting at Leerdam Glassworks at age 13. During his 90-year life, now documented in Complete Copier (NAi Publishers), he committed to both high quality and affordability, as exemplified in his press-molded plastic dinnerware for KLM (right). "Copier found a way both to the masses and to get the right design for the machines," says Helene Besangon, curator at the National Glass Museum Leerdam, where "Copier: A New Life," opens on May 18.

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Title Annotation:IDEAS IN DESIGN; Andries Copier
Author:Gaddy, James
Publication:Surface
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUNE
Date:May 1, 2012
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