Tequila glasses with a serious shot of style

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s collaboration with Maestro Dobel conjures vessels hand-carved in obsidian by stone artist Juan Fraga

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has designed a set of three vessels to complement different blends of Maestro Dobel tequila
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has designed a set of three vessels to complement different blends of Maestro Dobel tequila | Image: Dorian Ulises López Macías

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has collaborated with tequila producer Maestro Dobel to create a set of three limited edition drinking vessels, handcrafted by stone artist Juan Fraga.

The set, £550, includes a bottle of Maestro Dobel Diamante
The set, £550, includes a bottle of Maestro Dobel Diamante | Image: Dorian Ulises López Macías

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.

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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.

The largest vessel has a subtle golden shimmer and the smallest is hand-carved in red obsidian
The largest vessel has a subtle golden shimmer and the smallest is hand-carved in red obsidian | Image: Dorian Ulises López Macías

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.

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