Glass door stopper

 
 

This door stopper was being used at a hotel in Venice, located close to the island of Murano which is famous for glass making. These faultless orbs of glass were just the right weight to hold the wooden doors. Due perhaps to the unevenness of the floor, although the sphere had simply been cut on the bottom, it didn’t slip. The spherical shape of the stopper meant that the glass surface was always touching the door at a single point, preventing any damage being caused to the sixteenth century doors. With the interior of the room reflected in the highly polished glass surface, it appeared lighter than its actual weight.

Photography   Keita Suzuki

Photography   Keita Suzuki

ガラス工芸で有名なムラーノ島に程近いベネチアのホテルで使われていたドアストッパー。無垢のガラスの固まりは、木製のドアを固定させるのに十分な重さだった。地面が平滑でないためか、底を削っただけの簡素な作りでもガラスは滑らない。球体であるからドアとガラスは常に「点」で接し、ドアを傷つけないようになっている。超光沢に磨かれた球体には周囲の風景が映りこみ、その重さとは相反して軽やかにすら見える。