‘I explored the notion of connection between people and territory and wanted to emulate a deeper sense of connection by way of the mythical circle,’ says architect Frida Escobedo, who designed this exquisite set of tequila bowls for Mexican tequila brand Maestro Dobel.

Forged by stone craftsman Juan Fraga from obsidian sourced from the same ring-of-fire terrain that feeds the tequila’s agave plant, the shape of the bowls also references the jícara, a cup made from the fruit peel of the calabash tree and which is traditionally used to drink tequila.

Golden obsidian — a deep black stone with gold nuances — was sourced to complement the cristalino tequila Maestro Dobel Diamante. For Maestro Dobel Humito, a translucent, silvery obsidian reflects the tequila’s smoky attributes, while the smallest vessel is hand-carved from red obsidian and destined to hold the rich amber liquid that is Maestro Dobel Añejo.

Fraga’s hand-carving brings the human touch to the geometrically-precise spherical sections. ‘There is joy in feeling a connection to the maker through a tactile object,’ says Escobedo, ‘and in reconnecting to the territory itself, a territory where both agave and obsidian were born.’ §

As originally featured in the April 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*241)