Corda is a decanter and carafe that brings lightness to the act of pouring wine or water. Each piece is unique, and carefully crafted by local artisanal glass blowers in Brooklyn, NY. The form has evolved by studying the refraction and reflection of glass as material, and the fluid movement of the liquid contained therein, so that the experience of pouring and drinking involves all senses. For us, the material gives both quantitative and qualitative characteristics to an experience, and it speaks to both mental associations and design. We constantly think about materials in our work, but beyond the simple questions of form, use and manufacturing. We think of them as philosophies, as history. We think of them in terms of social relationships and psychological dichotomies, in terms of their associated fears, attractions, symbolism, and stigmas. It is important that the materiality of an object or space somehow add to its experience. A material offers more than form and finish; it can provide key elements of function or effect.