Asheville touts a wealth of glass workshops, but none more luxurious than Lexington Glassworks. Co-owners Billy Guilford and Geoff Koslow met at Alfred University, a lauded arts school in Upstate New York, before eyeing Western North Carolina—and its proven history of craft-based-art stewardship—as the next frontier. “We wanted to be in a community where glassblowers, potters, metalsmiths and other creatives are working and thriving,” Koslow notes.
Ferreting out a 5,000-square-foot industrial building near the South Slope, the pair tapped St. Louis architect Kyle Wagner to renovate it, then opened in 2015 with the express mission of becoming a regional go-to for custom lighting. The studio and gallery has since become a must-visit for collectors and designers looking to commission the duo’s delicate decanters, colorful bowls and decorative bottles, but for 2021, the guys have gone back to their roots: with a renewed focus on lighting (lamps, sconces, pendants and more complex chandeliers, too). Limited-run drinkware launches this summer.