Although cufflinks were first introduced in the early 16th century, they became popular during Louis XIV’s reign nearly two centuries later, when these “sleeve buttons” were used to fasten sleeves together with a short, linked chain. While the name was derived from this usage, today, cufflinks mostly consist of single or double length cuffs with the ends pinched together.
Kiku Designs, which means chrysanthemum in Japanese, draws from founder Laurie Freivogel’s appreciation for the mid-century modern and Japanese design aesthetics. Laurie’s love of glass fusing began at an art fair, where she noticed the texture and transparency of a fused glass pendant. As a result, she bought a kiln and started a studio in her basement, seeking to combine traditional glass making with her background in drawing and printmaking. Laurie’s knack for color and composition, paired with an amazing glass color palette, has guided her in creating these beautiful, yet functional glass pieces.