Azoic is this silent time in geology,
rocks and ocean Age, a total absence of organic life.

In Azoici, the light is captured in the colored glass, 
tightly protected by the inert matter, witness of another Age...

They could be biosphere where space and opacity,
fluidity and mass, gravity and transparency
are tightened by the basalt, opaque and impenetrable.


As the glass masters in Murano skillfully inflate molten glass in a bubble with the aid of a blowpipe, the atoms in molten glass are held together by strong chemical bonds in a disordered and random network, it is therefore viscous enough to be blown and gradually harden as it loses heat.

The molten glass acts as the milieu in which forms materialise, reminiscent of the Azoic era when the first rocks formed and gave the first signs of life.


French designer Emmanuel Babled collaborates with Italian Master Andrea Zilio and his team of assistant glass blowers in Vetreria Anfora since 1995. It's in this family-owned furnace that every Azoici vase comes to life.

As glassmaking requires “real-time” production, every piece is made in one go and the date of production becomes a part of the vase’s character.

Each Azoici vase is hand-engraved by Babled with its production date and his signature, eternalising the vase's identity.

Babled has been collaborating with Anfora for almost 30 years and this alliance continues to flourish project after project. It's essential that master and designer understand each other perfectly to ensure they are envisioning the same final result, as everything happens at lightning speed in the production process...

Rapid and precise gestures from the master in perfect synchronisation with their team and the designer.

Azoici S & Abstract Abyss

Azoici testifies to the alchemy behind the glassmaking process. The artisans are at the root of everything it requires: from melting the sand to produce colours to the workshop process after the vase crystalizes.

Artisans put their tacit knowledge into every detail of the production as they take full control of an alive and sensitive material, that can respond negatively to a miscalculated gesture. Glassmaking is a challenging profession, it demands full mental concentration while being exposed to very high temperatures and having to finish the heavy pieces at once.

We recorded the first-person testimony of Master Andrea Zilio, who openly spoke to Babled about the joys and challenges of glassmaking, the role of the artisan nowadays and his hopes for the future of craftsmanship.

Azoici S vases emerged as a variant of the original Azoici Collection of unique pieces by Emmanuel Babled. They are domestic-friendly version, smaller in size and produced as a series of 8 with the use of a mold.

Extracted from these glass works are the enlarged macro details Abstract Abyss. These photographic abstractions capture the innermost quality of glass via the primal sense of form, colour and line.

Abstract Abyss, captured by photographer Valentina Zanobelli, explores the relationship between bi-dimensional digital innovation and the virtuous materiality of glass, an aesthetic statement using photographic techniques of the utmost quality.

The delicate glass surface, which oscillates between transparency and opacity, is captured, isolated and transposed onto a bi-dimensional surface which acts as an abstract, visual and sensory portal into the very nature of the material.