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Glassware Reimagined, from a San Francisco Designer

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Glassware Reimagined, from a San Francisco Designer

Justine Hand October 19, 2012

It's probably happened to you. You've inherited glassware—etched champagne glasses or wee cordials—that have nothing to do with how you live your life. You don't want to do the same to your progeny; a San Francisco-based designer has a solution.

Kaii Tu, a graduate of Harvard, Design Academy Eindhoven, and California College of the Arts, has created the Valence system of glass molds, which can be reconfigured to create glassware of myriad shapes and sizes for a variety of uses. An heirloom in and of itself, Valence is made from traditional cherry wood and crafted with the help of CAD and a computerized router.

Discovered via Hand Full of Salt.

Above: The versatile Valence system is not yet available for retail sales, but individual commissions and commercial inquiries are welcome. Just contact Kaii.

Above: A variety of glasses created with the Valence system.

Above: The Valence mold in assembly mode.

Above: Step-by-step imagery shows the Valence system in action. (Of course, the glass blowing step should only be attempted by a professional.)

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