float is a line of thermally resistant glassware designed with simple forms and clean lines to emphasize the expressive colours and charms of the tea, scotch, juice, etc., served within. The suspended bowl design of each piece creates a lens of liquid colour that projects a play of coloured light onto the table top.
These simple elegant forms belie sophisticated technical innovations and a high level of skill. Each piece of float glassware is crafted by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic from the finest water-clear German borosilicate glass, an extremely pure and chemically inert material that is resistant to thermal shock.
The suspended bowl design also performs the function of insulating the hand from the beverage. When used for a chilled drink, small beads of condensation will accumulate on the underbelly of the bowl, adding delicacy to the optical effect (rather than making rings on your table top). The float tea lantern, the signature piece of the collection, is made with a double glass wall, which encloses a vacuum, creating a thermally insulating space to maintain a hot or icy cold serving temperature. This allows the tea vessel to maintain the simple form of a cylinder, to be held and poured directly without the added appendage of a handle. With the tea light candle lit below the tea lantern, the ambient light, together with the colour, fragrance and steam of the tea, transcends the pragmatic to create a space and an engaging experience.
float glassware is packaged in efficient, fully recyclable / reusable hard-walled cardboard tube packaging. As each piece is hand crafted, minor variations do exist, but quality and functionality are maintained across all of our pieces.
200ml / 7 US fl.oz.
available in clear, or translucent fritted glass
use for hot tea, iced tea, scotch, white wine, water, fruit juice, coffee...
“The glass tea cups are made in the same material (as the tea lantern): the inner cup supported by a glass cylinder. The cups can also be used for cold liquids as well as hot, without the handle of course; the cups make good whiskey glasses. All jury members where impressed with the great thoughtfulness and precision of this piece of industrial design: its elegance, understanding of material qualities and classic calm".
- The Architectural Review, ar+d awards 2002 - highly commended
Aside from tea, the float tea cups are a useful size for a variety of beverages. Spherical ice cubes beautifully compliment the shape of the tea cups, and are typically available from Japanese kitchen supply stores, or from the international Japanese store Muji, as well as from the MoMA store in New York City. The spherical ice cubes have a pleasing ball and socket relationship with the float tea cups, and bring another dimension of enjoyment to your favorite drink on the rocks, such as scotch, limoncello, or amaretto and fresh squeezed lemons…some of our personal favorites!
The fritted tea cups are identical to the clear tea cups except they have been glazed with a borosilicate frit, which creates a luminous translucent finish. Unlike sandblasted or acid-etched translucent finishes for glass, fritting does not create pits in the surface of the glass, and thus does not trap the oils from finger prints. The fritted glassware is a delight to both see and touch. Fritted glassware should be washed by hand with a soft cloth.
float tea cups are packaged in sets of 2