The Sonnevelds consciously opted for modernist furnishings in their new home. For this reason it was obvious that they would select their vases from the range of Glasfabriek Leerdam, which created products according to modernist principles: the quality of materials, technical execution and function were paramount and dictated the form.
At the end of the 1920s Leerdam’s head designer Andries Copier produced vases based on pure, geometric forms: the sphere, the cylinder and the cube. In technical terms, the Cube vase was especially difficult to produce. It was blown in a wooden mould. The molten glass had to be blown into the corners of the mould without getting stuck. The vase was on the market for only a few years and last appeared in Leerdam’s 1935 brochure entitled The Enticement of the New. It was available in clear colourless glass or in the newly introduced colour, violet-grey. The Sonneveld family chose a Cube vase in colourless glass with a satin finish.
Andries Copier, Cube vase KO 1421, 1930, collection Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam. (Enrichment)