Carat is a collection of elegant, stemless barware designed to strike a balance between a stylish shape that is comfortable to hold and one that enables the best possible olfactory perception.
One glass, endless possibilities
Elegant enough to combine with formal dining settings yet durable and simple enough for everyday use, Carat barware is suitable for every cold beverage – from cocktails to fine cognac, from juice to red and white wines, or even just for water. The diamond shape of the glasses allows them to be held in different positions, which can be varied according to the drinker’s preference or the type of beverage it contains.
Without a stem or sham, Carat’s equiangular and equilateral polygon form is designed to rest on any of its many sides. When in this inclined position, the glass increases the surface of the liquid exposed to air, enhancing aromas and allowing for oxygenation of fine spirits. The Carat collection also includes a multifunctional wine bucket that can chill both standard and magnum-sized bottles but can double as a unique flower vase.
Not to worry, this revolution in barware will not topple over. Its innovative design includes details to make it virtually spill-proof, which makes it ideal even for picnics. When pouring contents, the glass is held vertically, and the top of the K logo indicates the absolute maximum volume to prevent the contents from spilling when set down.
Each flat plane enables the vessel to stay in position, but the edges are close enough that, when placed on a flat surface and given a gentle tap, the 24 Carat sides will spin on the central cone. This feature is ideal, for instance, for stirring and releasing the flavor and aroma of whiskey, as the motion simulates the rotational movement you would make with your hand while holding an ordinary whiskey glass.
Fluid and elegant, bold and functional, the pure geometry of the Carat collection has a style that transcends the trends of the moment. It blends aesthetics and practicality into a distinctive creation that sparks conversation and adds something extra to every occasion. Carat’s glittering facets enhance the colour and movement of the liquid’s reflections and accentuate the contents in a lively and sensuous way – whether it is wine, water or flowers.
In addition to clear, Carat is also available is several hues and finishes.
Modern design, traditional craftsmanship
Carat’s design philosophy is to challenge the traditional thinking around drinkware. Strikingly simple in form, Carat is a glamorous yet practical serving option that may become the new standard for essential barware.
This project embodies Kayiwa’s enthusiasm for the revival of artisan skills as Carat is handcrafted in Riihimäki, the renowned glass-making capital of Finland. Passing through a total of seven craftsmen and taking hours to create and perfect, each piece in the collection is one-of-a-kind. The handmade nature of these glasses creates the subtle variations and delicate character of the new Carat.
Hand washing is recommended to ensure enduring enjoyment.
Carat can be purchased individually, or indeed as many as one wishes. The barware would make an excellent addition to your table or home bar and a great gift idea for any oenophile or whiskey enthusiast. Barware comes ready to present in a beribboned gift box.
KAYIWA’s portfolio of products is diverse – ranging from furniture to housewares. With a witty yet elegant disregard for convention, KAYIWA pieces are exquisite sculptures in their own right. At the same time, KAYIWA is passionate about fusing art with design to create functional solutions for everyday needs. The resulting objets d’art are genuine collector’s items that will continue to appreciate in value over time.
KAYIWA’s Finnish-Ugandan designer borrows principles and aesthetic elements from the rich cultures and traditions of African and Nordic art, craft and design. His creations acquire a story and become a heritage to pass down to the next generation.
For our most discerning clientele, KAYIWA offers customized service. All the existing products may be ordered in a range of colors, sizes, materials and finishes to create a custom-made, one-off piece. Furthermore, the KAYIWA studio can even create a completely new design made to the client's exact specifications.
The creation of each artifact balances the latest technology in mechanization with the best of artisan skill. We manufacture our products to very high standards, and we guarantee that they will perform well for many years. Accordingly, we warranty all our products against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a period of 10 years.
About Designer Lincoln Kayiwa
Lincoln Kayiwa was born in 1979 into an architectural family in Kampala, Uganda. He graduated as a Master of Arts from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland in 2007. Upon graduating, he founded his own design studio, KAYIWA.
Kayiwa's Ugandan roots and Nordic life blend into a unique approach. He shows us that design can be bold and playful, yet still aesthetic, fully functional and durable. His uncompromising, innovative works make Lincoln Kayiwa a pioneer in creating exclusive, usable art pieces that enable anyone to be a collector.