Esque Studio is the result of a 15-year long collaboration between artists Andi Kovel and Justin Parker. The name Esque refers to the suffix meaning “in the manor of”, and is an intentional nod to and acknowledgment of outside influences and inspiration. The two meet in Brooklyn at the public glass studio, Urban Glass, where they worked as artists for hire for elite fine artists and designers. Their shared vision and aspiration gave birth to Esque, with the concept of creating modern, functional, concept-based glassware aimed at the design industry and away from the pedestal. Through the years the duo has lead the movement of trend in glass, by breaking the rules and outdated notions of craft and material associated with their medium. The duo have risen to international acclaim, most notably by the honor of being named part of Time Magazine’s “design 100”, today’s most influential and inspired international designers. They have designed and completed projects for clients including: Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Anthropologie, Sephora, and W Hotel.
Justin Parker is recognized as one of the United States’ most skilled and sought after Gaffers. A protégé glass artist, he is most known for his knowledge and skill in creating larger than life organic and sculptural works. Justin apprenticed under Italian glass maestros in his twenties, with a focus on glass sculpture and blown forms, and applies this history and skill set to each of his designs. Justin is constantly pushing the physical limits of the material, creating new paradigms and standards.
Andi Kovel is celebrated internationally as an influential accessory designer and glass blower in addition to her career as a fine artist. Andi’s background in sculpture, painting, accessory design, and art theory uniquely equip her to become one of the most original and influential glass artists working today. Her work has been shown in galleries internationally, and she is most recognized for her new forms, techniques and concepts in the field of glass. Her fresh techniques and successful experiments have won her wide acclaim as a tastemaker of modern design.