Tokyo-based architectural model designer, Akinobu Izumi, wanted to do something creative in between her building projects. Using her skills and tools, she started making intricate and beautifully crafted miniature sculptures within tiny tiny glass bottles. Izumi starts by drawing what she wants in each bottle. She then draws the cutting directions using a computer program for her guided paper cutting machine to make a few test cuts. After many adjustments, a precision cut can be made over and over again. Assembling each item in the tiny bottle, using special glue and tweezers, is a painstaking process. Depending on the complexity of the design, it can take as long as a few days.
This timeless series of bottles, designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1968, employs the ‘Incalmo’ technique, wherein two different types of glass, worked separately, are fused together to obtain, within a single object, separate areas differentiated by colors.