Founded by Jan Rabell in 2006, the aim was to create a platform from which to 'enliven and elevate Bohemian glassmaking to new heights' whilst maintaining and preserving traditional craft skills. The Brokis lighting collection features the designs of both renowned Czech and foreign artists.
For more than 200 years, Janštejn Glassworks, situated in Bohemia’s picturesque Vysočina Region, has upheld a glassblowing tradition that dates to the end of the 17th century. Founded in 1809 near the village of Horní Dubenky, the factory and generations of tenacious craftspeople employed by it have enjoyed periods of prosperity, yet have also endured much hardship, with three devastating fires, two world wars, and nationalisation among the greatest challenges. When Rabell acquired the glassworks in 1997 he decided to restore the factory to its former prestige, the idea for Brokis emerged from this concept. In order to produce the new designs some production techniques were reintroduced to the factory such as glass blowing optical moulding and traditional hotshop techniques. Alongside this several new Italian style furnaces were built, and other techniques such as grinding and glass painting were discontinued.
The result of this project is a company that produces unique, elegant lighting that embodies both the past and present in a refined way.