Long Distance Glass

One of the reasons why I adore Li Jianye’s works is his simplistic approach to design. Be it the original Flexibin or the iShelf; both exude charm, wit and thoughtful detailing. This time around he has a functional toy for us, The Telescup, a set of drinking glasses that coordinate to become an impromptu telescope. Now isn’t this what we call clever!

Designer: Li Jianye


  • Maryline says:

    It is clever and maybe good and fun for adult, but this should not be for children considering that it is glass.

  • Herm says:

    I do love calcium deposits and spots on my refractive lenses. It adds a dreamy otherworldly lack of focus to something which is supposed to be all about focus.

  • Thijs says:

    I might try this, well once. Than I know it’s there and I’ll never use it again. Let alone how it will look after a year of use.

    It’s too gimmicky to use it.

  • christian says:

    This is very interesting !
    Simple and fun. Not gone be the new hubble but could well be a piece on my table !

  • TheJackson says:

    Very interesting observation.

  • Physics says:

    Ever wonder why all telescopes aren’t clear on there sides? Cause it will distort the image when light leaks in from the sides and hence won’t work.

  • 7LeagueBoots says:

    Clear sides on the tube would make for difficult viewing. There is a reason why most telescopes have opaque frames unless used for night viewing.

    Cool idea though.

  • Michael says:

    where can I buy one of these?

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  • Huh. That does make a lot more sense.

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