Reimagining the ancient traditions of Japanese glass cutting, “Katto” eschews existing pattern templates, symmetry and balance. It celebrates the grandeur of Japanese whisky distilling terrain through dynamic fractal cuttings and frosting.
The traditional glasscutter’s language is the single stroke or incision into the glass. These strokes combined create an intricate kaleidoscopic web of symmetric patterns. The design by MOD deconstructed this outcome and with it, threw out the unnecessary trappings like symmetry and repeated patterns. Instead, MOD opted for a dynamic freeform approach, creating 3D topographies inspired by the mountain terrain of the famed Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan’s Southern Alps; Whiskey territory and home to numerous world-renowned distilleries.