Travelers’ Treasures / DEN Old Glass & Tumbler Glass (Glass and tumbler in lacquer and mother-of-pearl)

Takaoka Shikki has been creating lacquered trays and multitiered food boxes since long ago. Based on this tradition, their long-standing Amano Shikki Co. started the DEN brand in 2013. Their characteristic products include tableware and kitchen goods that incorporate lacquering and mother-of-pearl elements, giving the products a modern design aesthetic.

One decorative technique for the mother-of-pearl is to slim down the shell to a 0.1 millimeters or thinner plate, then cut it into the desired pattern for fitting into the lacquered surface. However, Takaoka developed a technique called “mother-of-pearl glass” in which the mother-of-pearl and lacquer are glued to the glass.

The products being introduced here, “Old Glass & Tumbler Glass,” were achieved using this method, and using the mother-of-pearl as a single embellishment on the lacquered glass. The use of traditional techniques coupled with modern design is how this cool-looking glass was created.

Price: ¥10,800 (Old Glass, left)

¥11,880 (Tumbler Glass, right)

Manufacturer: Amano Shikki Co. in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture (

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