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Kiriko Bottles by Torafu Architects

Tokyo Design Week: Here's a fourth project by Torafu architects. The Kiriko Bottle project aims to revive ancient Japanese craftsmanship by using a glass cutting technique to make subtle alterations to everyday glass tableware.

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The following text is from Koichi Suzono and Shinya Kamuro of Torafu:


Kiriko Bottle was made in collaboration with Tadayuki Okubo, a cut glass artisan. The collection looks at familiar glass bottles, utilizing a conventional glass cutting technique which is now considered as a symbol.

A soy sauce pot with fish scale pattern around the neck, a milk bottle with a circle engraved around like a liquid level as it is tilted and another one with cow pattern utilizing special cutting technique, a wine bottle with spiral pattern spreading from thread for the bottle cap to the bottle body, a spice bottle with a hole for drawing sacred lots. Things that you see everyday in the dining room such as soy sauce pots, milk bottles and wine bottles were reborn by artistic craftsmanship of cut glass. Such a small change in the familiar sight enriches our lives.

Edo Isho was an exhibition project prepared by creators hoping for the revival of artisans and tools of Japanese traditional craftsmanship, and the spirit that has been handed down since the Edo period. We designed the structure of the six-day exhibition held at Gallery Le Bain and also works to be displayed.


Posted by Rose Etherington