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Danny Lane

United Kingdom 1955 Wishlist

American-born Danny Lane emerged as a leading force in British furniture design circles in the 1980s and has been widely recognized for his often dramatic designs in metal and glass. In common with the output of a number of other progressive artists and designers in Britain at the time Lane's work crossed the boundaries between the fine arts, crafts, and design. His reputation, which grew considerably in the 1980s and 1990s, was fully consolidated in 1994 by a major commission from the Victoria and Albert Museum to install a stacked glass balustrade in its new Glass Gallery. It attracted considerable media attention and drew his work to the attention of a far wider audience and Lane went on to win many major commissions in the United States, Europe, India, and the Far East. At the age of 20 he had moved from the USA to Britain to take up an apprenticeship with stained glass artist Patrick Reyntiens and also attended the Byam Shaw School of Art from 1975 to 1977. He then studied painting at the Central School of Art and Design (see Central School Of Arts And Crafts), from where he graduated in 1980. After setting up a studio in the East End of London in the following year, in 1983 he launched the Glassworks company in Camden Lock, London, and, with his fellow workers, began to produce a series of glass furniture pieces. From the mid-1980s he exhibited some of these at furniture designer Ron Arad's One-Off showroom in Covent Garden, London, and also worked on a number of interior commissions including a steel and glass bar for the Moscow Bar, London, in 1986. This characteristic combination of materials was also seen in his celebrated Etruscan Chair of 1986, its variegated edges and spindly legs seemingly reminiscent of an archaeological discovery. Such works reflected the development of Lane's skills in working with steel through collaborating with blacksmiths and other metal designers. His reputation began to grow internationally with a number of exhibitions, including London, Paris, and Milan where he designed furniture for the Italian manufacturer Fiam. In the early 1990s he concentrated on large-scale sculptural work, moving to a large studio in West London to make this more practicable. This resulted in a range of sculptural commissions in Europe, India, Asia, and the Far East including outdoor water sculptures in Delhi (1997), glass fountains in Shanghai (1998), a water fountain in Istanbul (1998), and Reeling Walls for the 20th Century Art Fair in New York (1999). He also designed a 20-ton glass water sculpture in Hong Kong and glass furniture and interior design work for the ITN company in central London.

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