The origins of LSA International are found in fashionable swinging sixties London from Janusz Lubkowski and his wife Ewa, with traditional brightly colored enamelware from their native Poland.
The success of these enameled coffee pots, mugs, kettles and colanders led Lubkowski to explore other avenues of Polish production including, natural wood, leather, porcelain, and mouth-blown glass. Porcelain clay was made into plain white and patterned tableware, leather bags, satchels and holdalls made from tanned cowhide were sourced from small production workshops, wooden accessories from Polish cooperatives specializing in the folk traditions of woodwork completed the early collections. But it was mouth-blown glass that offered the greatest potential for transformation. The versatility of the material spurred experimentation with shape, color and decoration thereby extending the range for the fashion-conscious consumer.
Joining the company in 1985, Monika Lubkowska-Jonas worked closely with her father, gaining a deep understanding of skilled craft production and developing her unique instincts for quality and style. This insight into artisan dexterity and the potential of the raw materials led Monika to experiment with different techniques and push the boundaries of hand production - particularly in mouth-blown glass, which quickly became her principal focus. She began designing unique collections which demonstrated the complexity of glass making, blowing refined or complicated shapes and using lustred paint or richly colored glass, as well as simple yet functional pieces which also reflect her love of entertaining and demonstrating an intuitive understanding of the way people live.
Today Monika shapes and refines LSA International’s identity, her continued inspiration from artisan processes and the original 5 materials - glass, porcelain, leather, wood and enamelled steel.