In designing Sirkel, the designers were playing around with two of the main properties of glass: transparency and color.
4 years to find the right glassworks
The first sketches on this concept were made already in the spring of 2013. It took a good 4 years to find the right glassworks to realize this seemingly simple object. We designed Sirkel to be a tea light holder, however we think it is just as nice as purely a glass object – especially if it’s in a window post/sill catching sunlight.
The idea was to create dramatic contrast between the delicately dimensioned, close to clear bottom cup holding a massive ring of more opake color, seemingly hovering over the table top.
“We designed Sirkel to be a tea light holder, however we think it is just as nice as purely a glass object – especially if it’s in a window post/sill catching sunlight.“
– Designers Anderssen & Voll
Shape and optics
It’s difficult to work on a model level with glass objects, as you don’t really have any good mock-up materials to mimic the properties of the material. Sirkel is also an object which is impossible to make in blown glass. The interactions between the shape and the optics: how the light and color shifts play through the changing thickness of the object were all on a purely imaginary level even as the project was entering the process of making industrial grade molds.
Listen to designers Anderssen & Voll discuss the design principles of Sirkel