The impact of glass: A conversation with Lasvit’s Michaela Listová

11 January 2021· Lucia Ferigutti

As the global key account manager for Lasvit’s superyacht division, no project is too ambitious for Michaela Listová: after all, the Czech glass manufacturer’s bespoke, large-scale creations now greet visitors to Singapore’s Changi Airport, the Dubai Opera and the Central Bank of Kuwait.

For the Imperial Palace Hotel in Saipan, Lasvit created two giant steel, gold and crystal floating dragon sculptures. Spanning a whopping 60 metres, they weigh 40 tons and are covered in no less than 2.5 million crystals. Among Lasvit’s long-term collaborations is also one with Versace, for which they created a 3,000 kilogram chandelier based on the head of Medusa, now gracing the lobby of Palazzo Versace in Dubai.

After successfully creating installations for the Seven Seas Splendor, Majestic Princess and Royal Princess cruise ships, Lasvit moved onto superyachts. So far, the company completed projects on 77 metre Turquoise M/Y GO and 80m Bilgin M/Y Tatiana, both designed by H2 Yacht Design, and on 93 metre Feadship Lady S, with interiors by Reymond Langton. But that’s only the beginning: Listová reveals that there are a few more superyacht projects currently underway. In particular, she is working on a nearly 20 metre tall staircase piece for a private yacht, which is going to be dynamically illuminated - and simply spectacular. Listová talks to BOAT in an exclusive Q&A about her work...

How do these projects come to life?

“I start by thinking about what’s important to the client and to the interior designer, what are their motivations, their passions, and search for suitable ideas,” Listovà says. “That’s why I like working with private clients, especially in the nautical field, because there is a personal approach that I really enjoy”.

What are the different stages of production? 

“We first discuss the client, architect and interior designer’s ideas together with our in-house design team, and we fine-tune the design together. Once we are all happy, we go deeper into technical details, prepare technical drawings and come up with solutions. We then manufacture, ship and install everything ourselves. The whole process usually takes about half a year - but in the nautical world, we work more long-term, because we collaborate with the interior designer and shipyard from the beginning”.

With so many projects in the pipeline at all times, what is Listovà most excited about?

“Lasvit is a Czech company, so I love the idea of working with a historical national site and help Lasvit become part of Czech history - which is something that might become reality soon”.