Posted 6 years ago
Kano Glass was established post war in Japan in 1946, as a company that primarily made lacquerware. In 1960 they patented a method for manufacturing a new product "Giyaman lacquerware" that fuses and integrates resin, plate glass, and patterned textiles to form a body.
The result was a range of really different and attractive decor products, including these style vases and bowls.
The textile pattern in photo 1 seems to have been their commonest decor product and it was nice to find the copper coloured textile in the vase in photo 2. Most of their vases were square section and of differing sizes, although there is a round vase here, the only one I have seen.
The bowl is a very shallow curve, and looks great on a flat surface or standing in a rack on edge.
The vases are not waterproof, and came with a plastic inner for use with fresh flowers. They were quite popular in Japan, and some was exported to the West in the 60s and 70s.
Kano still exists as a company, however these days their production specialty is decorative building glass such as stained glass and lattice glass.
Note: Giyamen is the Japanese use of the word diamond.