The beer glass that reveals a miniature Mt. Fuji.
Certain stimulations in everyday life may trigger a sense of nostalgia about a vacation to a foreign country. It can be the smell of authentic cuisine, the taste of local beer, or you maybe found a souvenir that you brought back home. These trips might have special place in your heart, and you have dreams of someday visiting that country again.
The FUJIYAMA GLASS is shaped in an elegant truncated cone that, when the beer is poured into the glass, the froth portrays the snowcap of Mount Fuji. No matter if you are in London, Paris, United States, or Hong Kong - as long as there is beer around, this glass promises a brief reunion with Japan by revealing the iconic mountain. The appeal of this product is that depending on the content poured into the glass, the user can appreciate a miniature Mt. Fuji in a variety of scenery – radiating gold with the Pale Ale, gleaming in sunrise with the Amber ale, the silent mountain at midnight with the Dark Lager.
Beer is a common beverage that is widely distributed across the globe so much that it can be said that the variety of beer competes with bottled water. The charm of this product is that just by adding an abundant product like Beer, a certain familiar form is rendered into the glass.
FUJIYAMA GLASS was initially created in 2008. Commercialized by pronominal glassware manufacturer Sugahara Glassworks Inc, FUJIYAMA GLASS has been awarded Judge's Special Award (Awarded by Manabu Mizuno, Creative Director) at TOKYO MIDTOWN AWARD 2008. Revered a 'prime souvenir of Tokyo', FUJIYAMA GLASS has gained popularity in and out of Japan over the years. The product has attracted attention from various media outlets such as NHK WORLD, where the product was featured in their 2013 documentary "Artisan & Designer", and was listed in 2015 as a product of cultural relevance in “100 Tokyo", a cultural guide to Tokyo created by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI).
Each of the beer glasses are hand blown by craftsmen of Sugahara Glassworks Inc., a prestigious company established in 1932. The glass is packaged in a Paulownia box, a traditional method of packaging in Japan; designed by Manabu Mizuno of the Good Design Company. The FUJIYAMA GLASS is priced at 3,776 JPY pretax, the same number as the height of Mt. Fuji (in meters) above sea level.
Starting from March 12th, FUJIYAMA GLASS will be showcased at the "Internationale Biennale Design Saint-Etienne 2015" in “Beauty as Unfinished Business” curated by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin. This will be the first international appearance of FUJIYAMA GLASS.
Design : Keita Suzuki
Package Design : Manabu Mizuno
Photo : Kenta Hasegawa
Device assists users in making choices.
A new device, gy/n, is designed to utilize Android OS, born out of a project by Google called Android Experiments OBJECT. The name of the device, gy/n (jinn), is a coined word that combines the initial letter of Google with y/n, an abbreviation of yes/no used in programming theory when configuring programs. In addition, jinn means ‘spirit’ in Arabic. While their existence remains concealed from people, jinn are deemed to have the ability to think like people. This is the sort of device that we wanted to create.
The gy/n device assists users in making choices.
Compared to how we ask OK Google questions and give it orders, this device does the opposite. Asking us questions, gy/n makes decisions and tells us what to do. For example, everyone has the memory of being hungry and wanting to eat something, but of not knowing what to eat. You want to go out and relax, but sometimes you can’t think where you want to go. Music, photos, eBooks... having to choose from a vast library one can access at any time can sometimes be troublesome. gy/n asks simple YES or NO questions, such as ‘Do you want to eat Chinese food?’, or ‘Do you want to go out in the car?’ Using the answers to these questions, gy/n gradually narrows down the choices, soon revealing an inner desire that the user was personally unaware of. The gy/n experience resembles the familiar genie in Arabian Nights where, resembling a magic stone that can communicate with the user through direct contact, the user is assisted in finding their own desire.
Design : Keita Suzuki
Advisor : Naoto Horikoshi (staff member of University of Tokyo) Born in 1984. He has been involved in a range of academic projects within the University of Tokyo such as Sign, a TEDxUTokyo collaboration. In addition, he proposes and provides editorials and texts that hint at his unique literary style.