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A Czech Glassmaking Company Brings to Bear Six Generations of Flawless Technique

Lasvit: the Czech words for “love” and “light.” Both values are on full display when the respected glassmaking company—inspired by the craft developed in Northern Bohemia and founded in 2007— creates chandeliers, floor lamps and tumblers for hotels, cruise ships and private homes.  

Born into a glassmaking family in Liberec, Czech Republic, founder Leon Jakimič continues to innovate while remaining true to the artistry and expertise that his family has cultivated for six generations. In addition to its stable of talented in-house designers, Lasvit has collaborated with the leading lights of the industry, from Nendo to Zaha Hadid to the Rockwell Group, the last of which fashioned the Constellation Collection for Lasvit. Inspired by the famed celestial ceiling mural in Grand Central Terminal’s Main Concourse, the collection is composed of fixtures named after discrete constellations and calls upon glass domes and subtle matte metalwork, resulting in a flexible and modular design.  

Meanwhile, the Hidden Light collection, designed by Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus and launched at last year’s Salone del Mobile, features glass blown inside cages to achieve its delicate net-like effect. Lasvit products are available at Minotti and Luminaire showrooms in Miami.  

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.