nendo x Baccarat

Japanese design studio nendo redesigned Baccarat’s signature Harcourt glassware. Harcourt glassware is one of Baccarat’s most well-known glassware lines, and nendo created Harcourt glasses with edges that give an impression of melting ice. It has been exhibited at “Baccarat, Legend of Creation”, an exhibition held at Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, together with other Baccarat glassware created by designers such as Phillipe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Jaime Hayon, etc.

Press release by nendo

French luxury brand Baccarat has been making crystal since the company’s establishment in 1764. For our redesign of the company’s signature Harcourt line, we wanted to highlight a new facet of the beauty of glass by creating an edge like beautifully frozen ice, then ‘melting’ it. The company’s skilled craftsmen smoothed the edges by melting the surface of the finished Harcourt glasses by dipping them into the acid ordinarily used in the final stages of the polishing process.The soft feel and distinctive light refraction of the melted edges closely resemble those of ice that has begun to melt. The timeless image of hard ice gradually dissolving into free-flowing water, as though capturing one moment in time, represents the company’s graceful movement, between tradition encapsulated in its enviably long history, and its constant desire for innovation.

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