japanese whiskey brand crafts intricately CNC-milled ice cubes
japanese whiskey brand crafts intricately CNC-milled ice cubes japanese whiskey brand crafts intricately CNC-milled ice cubes
apr 08, 2015

japanese whiskey brand crafts intricately CNC-milled ice cubes

japanese whiskey brand crafts intricately CNC-milled ice cubes
all images courtesy of suntory




suntory — one of the oldest japanese brewing and distilling companies — is renowned for its history and heritage in whiskey making. despite their traditional quality and status, the more than 100 year old brand decided to work with some of the latest technological systems for a recent campaign.


3D on the rocks is a collection of CNC-milled ice cubes made especially for their product, intricately crafted in architectural, human and domestic shapes. the objects range from an astronaut to kinkaku-ji, a japanese temple, each sculpted from a single block of ice and carved into based on a three-dimensional render.

underwater shark




designer chair

winged victory

the david


milling away the roof of the temple-shaped ice cube

cutting into the block of ice with the CNC machine

finishing touches are applied to the temple-shaped ice

  • Amazing! I would love to see time lapse shots of each design. I want to see how each ice structure goes from solid to liquid.

    ROEM says:
  • That’s one thing called class in a glass!

    Rutu says:
  • Why don’t cnc mill the mould and then start creating them massively ?

    jacopo says:

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