Frosted glassware, old fashioned glass, Wired Beans
Eternal Glass for your lifetime! Frosted old fashioned glasses
[Wired Beans]Eternal glass
- Our original set
- Exclusive gift box
- With Japanese description
- With English description
Not only superb design! Eternal glass for your lifetime
Simple smart form, and smooth texture.
“Eternal Glass for your lifetime” is the name for this unique old fashioned glass.
For the luxury time at dinner, or as wedding gifts, this frosted glassware has been popular.
In fact, these old fashioned glasses have got attention in the design and product world.
The design awards it got are some reasons. However, the most remarkable feature is its special compensation.
As the name explains, this frosted glassware is with the lifetime compensation.
It means, the maker “Wired Beans” can exchange the glass when you break the glass.
To surprise, the compensation period is your lifetime!
* This compensation is only valid in Japan.
What are the features of frosted old fashioned glass?
Now, let us introduce the superb points of the frosted glassware.
We will explain the compensation later. If you are interested in the system, please read the followings.
Simple and smart design
At first sight, you can see that the old fashioned glasses have “simple, but unique” design.
All types of old fashioned glasses are sophisticated design. Simultaneously, they are not common. We have never seen other glasses like this.
The old fashioned glasses are designed by “GK Industrial Design.” They are good at design of simple, but long-lovable design.
All the glasses are produced by skilled traditional craftsmen one by one.
Please enjoy beautiful and delicate form of the frosted glassware.
Pleasant mouth-feel edge and comfortable texture
Beautiful design relates to the function of old fashioned glasses.
The old fashioned glasses of Wired Beans have 2 types; Usu-fuki (thin blown glass) and Soko-atsu (thick bottom glass).
Usu-fuki glasses are very thin and light glass. When I touch it at the first time, I thought it was made of plastic!
To that extent, thin blown old fashioned glasses are light.
Thin edge of glass has good mouth-feel. So, the frosted glassware fit our hands gently.
Contrary to Usu-fuki, Soko-atsu glasses have enough weight at the bottom. However, the edge of the glass is thin.
In fact, only some skilled craftsmen can produce such a thin, as well as thick bottom glasses.
The weight of the thick bottom glass fit our hands even with a little amount of whiskey or brandy.
Gift with compensation
I already explained it above, but it is hard to find lifetime compensation glasses in the world. In Japan, the glass can be exchanged into new one regardless of the purchase date or reasons of breakage.
Therefore, you do not have to worry about the breakage when you send the old fashioned glasses as gifts.
Also, when you use the frosted glass at your home, all the people who care the glass do not have to worry about breakage of the glass.
If you are in Japan, or your friends are in Japan, we recommend this Eternal Glass for your lifetime.
What is the types of the old fashioned glasses of Wired Beans?
I already explained it a little, but there are 2 types of old fashioned glasses from Wired Beans. One is Usu-fuki (thin blown glass) and another is Soko-atsu (thick bottom glass).
For water, coffee, juice or beer, we recommend Usu-fuki glass, when you pour beer into Usu-fuki tumbler, you can enjoy creamy froth of beer.
For whiskey, Japanese sake, or as dessert cup, we recommend Soko-atsu glasses.
In addition, we have 3 different colors, transparent “Clear”, mat “Frosted”, and “Black mat.”
Wired Beans and Japan Design Store recommend old fashioned glass of “Frosted” of Soko-atsu.
Frosted old fashioned glass has fantastic, as well as clean atmosphere.
We believe that every family has at least one clear glass. However, frosted glassware is rare.
Japan Design Store offers pair glasses of Frosted old fashioned glasses. If you look for wedding gifts, we strongly recommend this pair glasses.
In addition, Wired Beans offers special glasses for Japanese sake! If you are interested, please see here.
Sake glasses change taste of Japanese sake
[Wired Beans] Each 3 sake glass is specially made for a kind of Japanese sake. You can use different sake glasses depend on the types of sake. Only skilled Japanese craftsmen can produce such a thin and long stem glass.
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Glassware of Wired Beans won many Design Awards
“Eternal Glass for your lifetime” won GOOD DESIGN AWARD in 2010, 2012～2014 in Japan.
In 2014, the glass won Red Dot Design Award in Germany. Also, the glass won Bronze award in International Design Excellence Awards in U.S.A.
Furthermore, the glass won Special award in German Design Award in 2016. This award is an award for selecting most excellent design from the products which won international design awards. Therefore, nomination for the award itself is honor.
In the world of design, this award is called “Award in Awards.” It is an authoritative design award.
Descriptions of the winner
“It is a glass realized by the perfect harmony of sensitivity of designer and craftsmanship of long-established glass maker. The shape is easy to hold, and suitable for any drink. They achieved to create universal and beautiful shape with making the best use of characteristics of glass material.
Also, it adds lifetime compensation. In this way, it takes great responsibility to the sustainability. Moreover, it is expected to contribute to succession of traditional skills and activation of local industries.”
(From Good Design Award, translated by our staff)
“This extraordinarily attractive drinking glass with its bold styling is neither a machine-made cheap item, nor does it claim to be a luxury brand item. The glasses are skilfully made by hand by long-established glass makers from Tokyo, and for that reason alone they are something special. However, the company does not want its products to be seen as luxury goods, but as everyday products, used daily with pleasure – and indeed for a lifetime! As glasses can however break, the manufacturer promises a lifetime guarantee.”
(Cited from German Design Award 2016)
Pair old fashioned glasses for a gift!
“Eternal Glass for your lifetime” is everyday products. But for the purchase for ourselves, it is a little expensive.
Therefore, this frosted glassware has been popular as wedding gifts.
How about sending old fashioned glass for your friends or parents? You can tell your appreciation so far, and wish for everlasting good relationship with them.
Simple glasses can be used by everyone. So, the old fashioned glasses have been popular for wedding favors or mementos of companies’ events.
What is Tajima Glass?
The stylish frosted glassware is produced by Tajima Glass in Edogawa ward of Tokyo.
Matsutaro Tajima established Tajima Glass in 1956. It produces “Edo Kiriko” and “Edo Glass”, which are traditional crafts designated by Tokyo.
They especially good at delicate skill such as thin stem glass or Usuhari (thin) glass. They produced the special glassware for high-class hotels or restaurants in Japan.
The “Eternal Glass for your lifetime” is handmade by craftsmen of Tajima Glass. Producing a glass with thick bottom and thin edge is extremely difficult.
Also, Usu-fuki glass has uniform thinness. The glassware filled with skill is only possible to be produced by craftsmen’s skill of Tajima Glass.
In addition, the material of the glass is “transparent glass.” Transparent glass is a glass material that has similar refractive index and transparency of crystal glass. It consists of some metals such as barium or lithium. It does not include lead, which is often included in the crystal glass of Baccarat. So, it is a next generation material that is gentle for people and environment.
The glassware of Tajima Glass is not mass production by pouring glass into mold. Please see the beauty of handblown glass by craftsmen. It does not have joints.
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What is GK Industrial Design?
The feature of the frosted old fashioned glass is the texture that fit to our hands when we touch it. Also, the form is simple, but long-lovable. We get fond of the glass more as we use it.
The old fashioned glasses are designed by a long established industrial design office “GK Industrial Design.” They pursue the usability and beauty. So, the frosted glassware was born with a fusion of skill and art.
GK Industrial Design is one of the representative long-established design office in Japan.
In 1952, Kenji Ekuan established a part-time job group GK (Group of Koike) with his friends under Dr. Koike. At the moment, he was a student of Tokyo University of Arts. After that, GK developed into a design office.
Even we do not know the name of GK Industrial Design or Kenji Ekuan, their products are so famous that most Japanese people have seen one of them at once.
For example, the soy sauce cruet of Kikkoman, logo of Cosmo energy holdings, package of Bufferin (medicine for headache), train of JR-EAST, Akita Shinkansen “Komachi”, Yurikamome 7300, Shell flat seat of JAL…
We cannot introduce all the items of them. GK Industrial Design produced a lot of famous products in Japan.
Also, they won hundreds of design awards such as Good Design Award or Red Dot Design Award.
When you visit Japan, you can find the items of their design.
What is the lifetime compensation?
First of all, as I explained above, this lifetime compensation service is only valid in Japan.
But we would like to introduce the details of this service for those who are in Japan, or planning to send this frosted glassware to friends in Japan.
Well, the way to exchange glasses is very easy.
Please put pieces of broken glass in the wooden box, and send the box to Wired Beans.
Wired Beans will send new one regardless of the date you purchased or reasons of breakage.
The way of exchange is explained in the description paper in the box when you receive the item. (The description is only in Japanese)
The broken pieces of glass will be recycled and become the glass material for new glassware. So, you can send happiness to other customers.
In our store, we call this old fashioned glass “a wonderful glass that can be exchanged into new one even if we break it.”
Since we started to sell this glass, customers can select traditional thin glasses as wedding gifts or any other gifts at ease. They do not have to worry about the breakage.
All the old fashioned glasses are within Japanese cedar box or exclusive thick paper box. As presents for dearest person, this frosted glassware has been popular.
- [About the compensation system of the glass]
- Rules of compensation
If you break your important glassware, Wired Beans will exchange it into new glass. The first time is for free (Titanium coated glass costs 5,000 for the first time). For the second time and after, customers need to pay the commission. Payment should be done by cash on delivery.
Wired Beans cannot compensate in the following situations.
* The broken glassware cannot be identified. (Please send large broken pieces.)
* If customer lost compensation card or wooden box. (Please keep the wooden box.)
* Without the name and address of customers, and date of purchase in the compensation card. Or, if customer alter the contents of card.
- About compensation card
Compensation cards are in the all the items of Wired Beans.
The compensation card is valid only in Japan. The card cannot be reissued.
Wired Beans cannot meet the demands from the overseas countries. We appreciate your kind understanding.
* Wired Beans may stop this service from necessity of the makers or atelier.
- The way of exchange
If you kindly purchase the glassware of Wired Beans in Japan Design Store, please send broken pieces of glass and compensation card in the wooden box to Wired Beans. Wired Beans will send a new glass to you.
* Customers need to pay shipping cost for sending and returning the product.
* The way of exchange is explained in the description paper in the box when you receive the item. (Japanese only)
* Please keep the wooden box or exclusive box and compensation card.
- Contact form and address for exchange
Wired Beans Inc.
Urban net Itsutsubashi building 6F, 1-5-3, Itsutsubashi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi
Tel: 022-380-8700 (9:00～17:00 Sat. Sun. Holidays are closed)
Frosted old fashioned glass can be used in various ways
If you have guest, Frosted old fashioned glass works!
It has unique atmosphere. You can entertain your guest in high-class atmosphere.
For summer afternoon, fresh green tea or soda with berries.
For autumn tea time, put ice cream and fruits.
For winter night, enjoy whiskey or creamy cocktail.
Of course, you can use the frosted glassware when you drink water every day.
Frosted old fashioned glass has thick bottom. So, we can use it every day without worry about breakage.
Frosted old fashioned glasses can be used in various ways!
- * All the products are handmade by traditional craftsmen. Please enjoy different individualities of each product.
Personalize gift service
For the bulk order more than 20 items, we can personalize your items with the name of your company, school, or with logomarks. If you plan to order corporate gifts or keepsake gifts, please contact us from “Contact us.”
* Personalize gift needs service fee. The fee depends on items.
* Personalize service is not available for some products. Please feel free to ask us.