The Murano Excursion

Murano is the island about a mile from Venice which has specialized in glassblowing since 1291! Murano is probably the most famous place in the world for handmade glass and I was lucky enough to visit for the first time in August, 2017. We love to expand on ideas from history for contemporary designs, so I thought I would share some of my favorite pieces and techniques, especially the ones that could inspire future work here in California!

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Wabi-Sabi

One part of the glassblowing process we've come to appreciate more and more is the unexpected. When you make something, especially handmade glass, some small things (or big things) don't go as planned. There can be small bubbles in the glass, ripples in the surface, or differences in thickness. Of course, accidents can be bad, but small irregularities can also be the difference between stale and charming: beauty in the imperfect or Wabi-Sabi

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[Unedited] Glassblowing in 1st Person

It's rare to see the process of glassblowing and even more unusual to get to see the it from the artisan's perspective.

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Glassmaking Process - Lucky Break Bowls

The glassblowing is mysterious. To show off the properties that make the material so fun, we documented the entire process of making one object.

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Lucky Break Color System

This project is an exploration into how chance influences the design process. Instead of carefully composing the pattern for each bowl, we developed a system for randomly selecting and applying colored shards and thin glass strings to the outer layer of the molten glass. It’s a perfect balance between engineering and Japanese Wabi-Sabi.

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Chance as a Tool for Design?

For our latest project, the Lucky Break drinking glass, we’ve been exploring chance and asking the question, “can we use chance as a tool in the design process?”

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The Science Behind the Saturn Glass

At some point during our development of the Saturn Rocks Glass, we realized that we didn't fully understand the why the original Saturn Wine Glasses work as well as they do. For the longest time, we thought it was just the ledge that kept our glass from spilling, but it turns out it is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. Somewhere around version 5 of the our new rocks glass, we had to fully analyze the physics of our wine glasses, and here's what we found.

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Development of Typographic Glassware

“The stretch of time between when you wake up, and when you first interact with some piece of type that someone has drawn, is probably only a couple of seconds.”

-Tobias Frere-Jones, Design Matters, Dec. 2015)

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Typography as a Metaphor for Glass

We’ve done a lot of graphic projects in the past, but I’ve only started really studying how typography, fonts, and letters are designed. According to graphic designer, educator, writer, and artist Ellen Lupton, “typography is what language looks like.”

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