SODA table series is the latest collaboration of Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas with the Italian brand Miniforms, named after one of the three main ingredients of glass, the material out of which the tables are made.
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“Soda was born upside-down, with a puff of air. It weighs 20 kilos, and it is blown, drawn out and shaped by three master glassmakers. The result is a single volume of glass with three large petals forming the stem. In Soda, the glass vibrates: its tough, hammered surface fragments its transparency to give a primitive aesthetic. This is artistic value granted to an industrial product”.
Throughout Soda’s research and design process, we were astounded at the lack of glass-blown products of this size and kind. It was only later that we realized it is because of the technical difficulties inherent in the handling of such an object, as well as the degree of expertise required to do so. An expertise possessed by a handful of highly skilled artisans in the Italian island of Murano.
Among our main objectives was to use one of the most characteristic attributes of glass in our advantage: its transparency.
Thus, we designed an object with such a geometry that allows it to play with light and shadow, creating different shapes as one’s perspective changes.