These tumblers have been designed by legendary Yanagi Sori in 1966. While they have been featured in publications before, they mysteriously never had been produced. At an early meeting about the collaboration with Sumida Contemporary at the still active Yanagi Designstudio in Tokyo, the drawings and a remaining sample surfaced and we almost instantly decided to produce it. The design,design, with its lines of “drops” on the sides of the glass is plain and straightforward, yet sensual and surprising. Despite its simplicity, the glass is difficult to realise, since it requires a complex four-part steel mould to shape it. The mould was built at one of the last remaining workshops in Japan in Yamagata prefecture.
Now after more than 50 years, the glasses are finally in production by Hirota Glass, established 1899 in Sumida, Tokyo.