Waldmühlgasse 14 / A-2391 Kaltenleutgeben /
+43 2238 712 83 /
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Werkstätte Chlada is a traditional craftsman shop using a material that has been molded into countless shapes for centuries. However, there is always room for continuous innovation and the quest for something that has never been done before. This seeming contradiction is one of many at the core of Rudolf Chlada’s creativity and distinctive style.
THE GREAT TRADITION, CAST IN A NEW MOLD
Impressive mirror and photo frames, desk accessories like letter openers and ornamental cork stoppers, elegant candleholders and lanterns, delicate bookmarks and keyring pendants – many of Rudolf Chlada’s products are created using a unique technique of joining pewter and glass. Pewter has had a constant presence in the life of Europeans dating back thousands of years. Numerous pieces of the highest artistic quality and workmanship like pitchers, jars, bowls and plates hail from the period of medieval pewterer guilds.
As pewter lost its relevance to the rise of porcelain, a new perspective was opened up by looking at the metal’s esthetic qualities – its soft sheen, metallic-rough but pleasant surface quality, and its charming patina. All these features were especially appreciated and used in the arts and crafts movement of the Art Nouveau period when new shapes, functions and means of manipulating pewter were developed. This is the historical period Rudolf Chlada’s workshop is based on – a high standard of material quality and execution guarantees pieces of lasting value and the capability of meeting sophisticated and challenging special requests.
OLD CRAFT, YOUNG EYE
Before Rudolf Chlada founded his workshop in 1960 in order to realize his own and his son Robert’s designs, he worked at the Hagenauer metal workshops, collaborating on commissions for the Hofburg, Parliament, the State Opera and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Chlada stands for traditional classic craftsmanship with a distinguishing curiosity for and openness to the development of new techniques and styles.