In the mid-20th century, glass panes featuring patterns like chrysanthemums or cherry blossoms were popular in Japanese homes. As older houses are demolished such glass is often discarded, but artisan Koyakata Yoshikazu has found new uses for it. By cleaning and then reshaping the patterned panes he turns what was once waste into stylish tableware. The retro designs have earned quite a following, ensuring the charm of yesterday will be appreciated by the next generation.
Patterned glass popular in mid-20th-century Japan.
Koyakata Yoshikazu reshapes the unique glass patterns into something new.
A completed plate. The retro look of his designs has earned them a following.