Remember watching those fleeting bubbles as a child and how sad it was when they popped? Well now you can keep them bottled up thanks to an entirely new kind of hourglass created by Norihiko Terayama (previously); the awaglass. Awa means ‘bubbles’ in Japanese, and it’s what replaces sand to create this mesmerizing and soothing object.
But don’t try and measure time. It’s purpose is actually the opposite: to obscure and help you forget about time. Unlike uniformly shaped sand, large bubbles and small bubbles pass upwards at different speeds. You’ll get lost in this piece’s simple, poetic beauty.
It comes in 2 sizes – large ($55) and small ($38) – and is perfect for desks, kitchens, windowsills or almost anywhere. It’s available in the Spoon & Tamago shop.