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FIRST CLASS GLASS

Design and architecture firm Gensler and Czech glassmaking company Lasvit, teamed up to enhance Houston’s Post Oak Hotel with glass installations found throughout the property.

The hotel stands tall surrounded in a canopy of post oak trees and cascading fountains. When approached by Gensler, Lasvit wanted to incorporate this beautiful scenery into their three installations.

Upon entering the hotel, visitors are faced with a grand chandelier adorned by mesmerizing Bohemian crystals designed by Libor Sostak. The three-story installation has 15,719 glass bubbles and organic shapes, 1,428 LED lights and 738 Swarovski crystal balls which fill the space.

“Each of these Bohemian crystal glass components captures light in an enchanting way, enlivens the lobby and sets the stage for the rest of the luxurious experience throughout the hotel,” said Gail McCleese, interior design director of Gensler.

Amongst the VIP areas of the hotel, guests can find handmade glass leaves designed by Ludek Hroch and Maria Hostinova. Some of the leaves hang on nearly invisible wires while other are connected to metal branches, continuing Lasvit’s theme of bringing the beautiful outdoor scenery indoors.

Lastly, inside the hotel’s grand ballroom the company created a 12 ring-shaped chandelier made of minimalist Bohemian perfection made with nearly 16,000 crystal prisms, which shine brighter than diamonds. Each piece reflects a rainbow spectrum on the surrounding walls.