Try making your way out of this glass labyrinth

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 30 May 2014

Robert Morris has created an incredible outdoor sculpture that ‘takes form of a navigable, glass-walled labyrinth’. This installation was unveiled at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art says it ‘transcends time and space to remind us of the power of deeply felt archetypes. In form and […]

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The Meld wine glass will almost melt in your hand

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Made of hand blown pyrex glass, the Meld wine glass is inspired by two forms: the glass and the human hand. The result is a merged curiosity of a drinkware which fits onto the palm ergonomically, almost like a fitted glove. We cannot approve enough.

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Gravity-defying wine? Drink up

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 August 2013

This is great: a glass that suspends our disbelief of gravity. Made from hand-blown glass, the Revolution Wine and Water Glass combines two glasses into one. Depending on which side you flip it, its contents appear to float at different levels as you fill the glass from either end. Either way, it will confound your […]

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Ethereal glass and clay sculptures by Christina Bothwell

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By Ruth Power in New Art on Saturday 22 June 2013

Christina Bothwell ingeniously combines the translucent nature of glass, the solid nature of raku clay and the organic nature of found matter to create ethereal, macabre figures. From the artist: ‘I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves’

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New art by Luke Jerram

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By Anthony Garratt in New Art on Monday 27 May 2013

I was fortunate to attend a talk by Luke Jerram about his Sky Orchestra project, where he commissioned a musical composition to be played by a fleet of hot air balloons, flown low over cities in an attempt to ‘affect’ people as they stir in the early morning. Jerram is truly an innovator and other […]

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Blade Runner whisky glass

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Do you love whiskey? Do you love the 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner? Fancy yourself a tough, crime solving individual? Then drink from this hand-blown crystal Blade Runner whisky glass designed in Italy Arnolfo di Cambio. It’s the exact same one used in the movie. And don’t forget to dim the lights to set a moody ambience while […]

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Kazakhstan’s remarkable Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 4 April 2013

Kazakhstan’s new capital city of Astana is home to a huge, futuristic pyramid structure – the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation – created to house the triennial ‘congress of world and traditional religions’. The stunning project was designed by Foster and Partners and ate up 8.74 billion kazakh tenge (as in £35 million or US$53 […]

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The most useless dining table ever?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Italian artist Silvano Rubino, who does set and costume design for theatrical and dance performances, also creates contemporary art with glass. We really dig this one he did of a dining table with clear glass and steel called Addizione Sottrattiva (Subtraction Addition) — so named for the gaping holes it has where the plates and […]

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Bubbles you can wear around your neck

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Friday 1 March 2013

What’s more fun than blowing bubbles again and again — because they have a five-second lifespan? Wearing a cluster of bubbles around your neck that refuse to burst, that’s what. These bubbles are really glass spheres and the necklace is designed by Italian siblings Marina and Susanna Sent. They hail from Murano, a place renowned […]

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Elemotion’s e-sputnik table design

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By Ignasi Giro in New Products on Wednesday 23 January 2013

The Paris-based Elemotions design studio is pretty small, but his 100 percent artisan products tend to activate big emotions. And hence his name. Its ever-evolving table e-Sputnik emerges as a clean crystal surface landing on three wooden legs, all departing from a solid spherical ball. Nothing else, nothing more. Very limited editions of the product have been produced and sold during the last two years, each one of them unique and with slight alterations from the previous one. Actually, Antonio Morales, the architect behind the firm, keeps on evolving its design, now exploring a completely foldable wood version of his most well-known table, which should be ready for Spring 2013.

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Eels that are as see-through as glass

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 27 December 2012

Yikes. After chancing across a photo post on Facebook of a see-through glass eel, I just had to find out more about these utterly transparent creatures. According to an ex-curator of Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, this glassiness happens in the first two stages in the life cycle of your American Eel-next-door. In their second stage, they gain their adult shape and migrate to estuaries on the Atlantic coast. Only in the third stage do they gain both colour and size. National Geographic agrees.

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Wet glass plate photography by Marc Monplaisir

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By Jeff Lizotte in New Photography on Thursday 10 March 2011

In this post-twitter world where everything is just a reblog, a meme or a cute girl on a random Tumblr, photographer Marc Monplaisir takes pictures on wet glass plates. He had this time machine built and literally takes one hour to produce a pose. Magnificent!

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Bolle Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala

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By Anastasia Gerali in New Design on Wednesday 24 November 2010

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.

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