San Francisco-based transdisciplinary designer-makers Christopher Yamane and Matthew Johnson—a.k.a. SuperDuperStudio—experiment with systems, processes, appropriation, collage, and production methods to create works that are at once singular and accessible.
For their spacey Saturn Glasses, SuperDuperStudio reimagines traditional Italian and Scandinavian glassblowing techniques, which they appropriated to prevent messy spills and stains. For each cup, molten glass is hand-shaped before being blown into a mold by glass artisans in Oakland, California. Each glass is then annealed overnight—a process that cools the glass slowly to relieve material stresses—then cut and polished, also by hand.
Yamane has been blowing glass since 2006 and has honed his skills with some of the best glassblowers in the US. His deep knowledge of traditional methods, combined with Johnson’s fresh perspective as a newcomer to the material, has led to a playful and surprisingly light line of glassware that’s oh-so-satisfying to drink from.
Saturn Glasses are available in two sizes: large for red wine, small for white.