Japanese Chiyogami Drink Coasters

These beverage coasters combine the sublime beauty of simplicity, with the infinite creativity of human arrangement. Consisting of clear glass cups, each coaster holds a tiny sheet of Chiyogami, hovering within its translucent belly.

Chiyogami is a traditional Japanese art form which was developed during the Edo period. It consists of woodblock prints pressed onto paper, and then often framed and used for decorative purposes. The pattern can also be cut up and applied to small tin boxes or sauces.

Here the patterns have been encased in glass to serve as the colorful centerpiece of each coaster. The design itself matches seamless form with graceful function, as the lip of each coaster rises up to hold the beverage, cupping any moisture in its arms.

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