Designer Niels Cosman hasn't ventured far from his hometown of Boston, setting up shop at a couple notable outposts on I-95: Cosman is adjunct faculty at his alma mater RISD's Glass Department with an additional studio in Brooklyn, bouncing between the three cities as his practice develops. Although he's currently looking to get out of NYC and establish a more permanent space in Beantown, Cosman was one of several dozen designers who exhibited at Model Citizens NYC this past spring. Geographical stability aside, the mechanical engineer (M.I.T. 2005) turned designer made a strong showing during NY Design Week.
"Acorn Pods" are a series of one-of-a-kind display cases for small objects, bell jars set on three-legged wooden stands.
The "Geodesics" paperweights are a scored with a triangular pattern on the bottom in homage to Buckminster Fuller. (The angular scoring also suggests Dead Kennedys.)
The "Stampo" cups take their name from the not-quite-obvious technique by which they're made: "These colorful cups are named from the Italian glassblowing technique called "mezzostampo," meaning partially molded. In this case, each cup is given a good kick in the bottom leaving the impression of a boot-print."
Perhaps the most abstract work (partly because the pieces are still inchoate) was the unformed shards—chunks, really—of glass that Cosman had extracted from his furnace. Cosman mentioned that he is considering making lamps out of the multifaceted forms, which aptly evoke obsidian and meteorites.
Cosman was quite affable, despite the ominousness of the unfortunate backlighting