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Clever Design Turns Ordinary Cups Into Liquid Galaxies When Something Is Poured Into Them
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Design, Product Design3 years ago

Clever Design Turns Ordinary Cups Into Liquid Galaxies When Something Is Poured Into Them

Would you like to impress your guests with a drink that not only tastes heavenly but looks it too? These beautiful sake drinking cups, individually handmade by Japanese artist Hiromi Sato, turn into tiny galaxies when filled with a clear liquid. These amazing shot glasses have proven to be so popular that they sold out immediately.

Image credits: Hiromi Makie Nikki

Each stainless steel tumbler is unique and is made by painting and repainting with lacquer before being finished with gold dust. It is the gold that gives the shimmering, star-like quality to these cool cups, which are known as “Chuu COCORO,” or “Space Heart.”

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The cool shot glasses are sold online at Sansaku, which describes the product as “a work that has been painted with the unique texture of stainless steel processing technology and oxidation coloration in Sakai City, Niigata Prefecture by Hiromi Sato, a traditional craftsman in Niigata and Shirane Butsudan.”

The galaxy design cups don’t come cheap, as can be expected from such handcrafted works. When available, they sell at 10,800 yen (US$99.91) apiece.

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Niigata Prefecture is home to more than 90 sake drink breweries and is famous for producing some of the country’s best quality beverages. They take this traditional brew very seriously up there!

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Hiromi herself has been surprised by the popularity of her beautiful designs, and she assures customers that she is working on making more tumblers. Keep an eye on the shop to see when they become available again if you’d like to get your hands on one of these amazing and unique pieces of art!

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“There is such a huge reaction and I am surprised,” Hiromi wrote on her blog. “However, there are no more cups available right now. We apologize for any inconvenience, please wait for a while. Thank you in advance.”

Image credits: Hiromi Makie Nikki

Image credits: Hiromi Makie Nikki

Image credits: Hiromi Makie Nikki

What do you think? Have you ever tried sake? Would you like to drink it from one of these creative and slightly trippy tumblers? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

h/t: SoraNews 24

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Here’s what people had to say about the cosmically cool cups

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Chris Kourou
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3 years ago

Cause you're a cup, 'cause you're a cup full of stars, I'm gonna give you my heart

Bluebell Rizzi
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3 years ago

Romance...

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Demonic cow
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3 years ago

Wow that’s incredible. I wonder how she achieves the 3D effect.

Pseudo Puppy
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3 years ago

hi Demonic Cow, the 3D effect is the result of 2 different things. 1. the bottom of the cup is concave (ie rounded, like the bottom of a bowl). ie there is no "edge" like a normal cup, where the sides join the flat bottom. 2. the sake, when poured, typically will be convex (a rounded surface, bending "upwards", "out" of the cup). This combination, of the concave bottom, pointing 'down', and the convex surface of the sake pointing 'up', means the overall effect is a 'rounded' 'sphere'. This then creates a distortion, when you look through the rounded surface of the sake, towards the rounded surface of the bottom of the cup. Therefore... it looks 3D. By having no obvious "edge", it then looks 'infinite', and can therefore resemble a little 'universe' in the cup. Kinda cool, huh? Plus ... it's sake. :D (I hope that answers your question) :D

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Hallie
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3 years ago

I've never wanted something more!

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Chris Kourou
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3 years ago

Cause you're a cup, 'cause you're a cup full of stars, I'm gonna give you my heart

Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
3 years ago

Romance...

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Demonic cow
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3 years ago

Wow that’s incredible. I wonder how she achieves the 3D effect.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 years ago

hi Demonic Cow, the 3D effect is the result of 2 different things. 1. the bottom of the cup is concave (ie rounded, like the bottom of a bowl). ie there is no "edge" like a normal cup, where the sides join the flat bottom. 2. the sake, when poured, typically will be convex (a rounded surface, bending "upwards", "out" of the cup). This combination, of the concave bottom, pointing 'down', and the convex surface of the sake pointing 'up', means the overall effect is a 'rounded' 'sphere'. This then creates a distortion, when you look through the rounded surface of the sake, towards the rounded surface of the bottom of the cup. Therefore... it looks 3D. By having no obvious "edge", it then looks 'infinite', and can therefore resemble a little 'universe' in the cup. Kinda cool, huh? Plus ... it's sake. :D (I hope that answers your question) :D

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Hallie
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3 years ago

I've never wanted something more!

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