Thursday, November 02, 2006

glass act

Hey, all! Sorry I've been MIA the past few days——I hate when work gets in the way of my blog-time! Anyway another tabletop market is finally over (phew!), and there are lots of fun new designs and products coming our way this spring. One of my favorites from the show was the Riedel/Spiegelau/Nachtmann trifecta showroom.

Riedel, whose O glass still has my vote for the ONLY stemless glass worth owning, is now offering drink sets complete with a decanter and two or four O glasses. They're starting with sake (shown below) and merlot, which make perfect engagement presents or shower gifts. They also are introducing some sleek new decanter designs, which I swoon over.

Spiegelau, whose wine glasses are used in restaurants all over the world including NYC's Babbo and TK, produces high quality artisan glass pieces at really affordable prices. But all that aside, it's still the little things that wow me. I'm obsessed with their new chip-and-dip/cake stand marvel (shown below). One one side, it's a beautiful cut-glass cake stand. Great. But flip the buddy over and voila——the pedestal of the cake stand becomes a dip bowl and the flat surface holds chips or crudite. Genius, I tell you.

I'm not really a coffee drinker (I get my caffeine cold, thank you very much) but the adorable cut glass espresso cups from Nachtmann have a certain effect on me. Each cup and saucer has a unique geometric design, and feel amazing in your hand. And the same goes for their intricate-cut glass tumblers and vases. If I had the display room, these guys would definitely have a spot on my mantle.

More from tabletop to come soon!


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