Escobedo – who is best known in the UK for her 2018 Serpentine Pavilion tiled courtyard (she is the youngest ever designer to create a temporary showcase at Kensington Gardens) – says she was inspired by a combination of history and place when designing the vessels, which are made from obsidian (a volcanic glass), sourced from the same region in western Mexico, where tequila is produced from the blue agave plant. The spherical shape of the collection, moreover, echoes the jícara – the cup made from the fruit of the calabash tree that is traditionally used in Latin American for serving beverages.
Each vessel – designed to neatly stack one inside the other – was envisaged with a specific blend of Maestro Dobel in mind. “The largest has a wide rim to make the most of the aromas of the Maestro Dobel Diamante and the smallest is hand-carved in red obsidian to represent the rich, amber liquid of Maestro Dobel Añejo,” says Escobedo.
It took Fraga and his team three days to craft each cup, and only 30 sets have been made, priced £550 each, including a bottle of Maestro Dobel Diamante.