Moon Glass by Tale

Following the lunar cycle, Tale Co., Ltd.’s moon glass reveals each phase of the moon as it goes from full to empty.

The construction behind the ceramic glass is the trick to the illusion of the changing phases. Depending on how full it is, different amounts of the curved interior are shown.

The designers wanted to show that like the moon, glasses are both filled and emptied. Both objects can also be studied and appreciated. The two available colors also have their own function. The black accentuates the brightness of clear rice wine, while white complements the hues of colored wines and tea.

The designers behind TALE branded the company as one that tells stories through objects. By involving themselves in the production process from planning to promotion, they seek to combine design with culture. Established in December 2010, the company has won several awards.

MIA’s Rainbow Walkway

An elegant rainbow walkway greets visitors as they head toward the MIA Mover at the Miami National Airport. The structure, called “Harmonic Convergence,” was designed by Christopher Janney and put into place in 2011. Its predecessor in that area was “Harmonic Runway,” also by Janney.

The installation is made of 24″ x 24″ glass panels with large “X-bracing” in front. Sunlight filters through and creates colorful reflections off the floor, while at night, flourescent lighting is used. At intervals throughout the day, the different sounds of South Florida play. According to Janney’s website, the score includes the sounds of the Everglades, thunder storms, and tropical birds.

I was able to enjoy seeing this installation after my flight into Miami International Airport in July. The spacious area and beautiful lighting effects were refreshing, especially after a stuffy airplane ride. Greeted by the sounds of a tropical forest, I immediately thought of the Everglades, an icon of Miami. Given the chance, I would have stood in the pathway longer to take in the installation. Unfortunately, I had to catch the train and could only hastily snap a single photo.

Click here to see Christopher Janney’s website.
Source of first photo: Art of Miami