There’s no doubt about it: A pretty piece of glassware can totally transform a room or tablescape, especially during the holiday season or on special occasions when tableware is on full display. Luckily for us, there’s also a new crop of designers creating glassware that feels chic and cool. While the newest pieces include purposeful imperfections, playful and tactile shapes, and above all, a fun approach in color and shape, they're also steeped in traditional techniques and incredible craftsmanship. In short: You'll want them in your life forever. Here, glassware brands to watch (and shop!) this season that you'll still want to put out for years to come.
You’ve likely come across Copenhagen designer Helle Mardahl's work on Instagram at least once. That’s because her bold, candy-colored glass lamps and objects naturally lend themselves to the platform as well as to events such as Copenhagen Fashion Week. Each piece is uniquely mouth-blown and round in shape. “I am inspired by life, the unpredictable—the one-time adventure,” Helle says. “It’s colorful, it’s surprising, it’s vulnerable, it’s real, and it’s raw. It is all about love.” Her signature pieces include the organically shaped, high-shine candy dishes, and the bonbonnière dishes that come in contrasting colorways like peach and apricot or pink and violet. Her table lamps are exceptional pieces that resemble whimsically wilted balloons.
Based in Venice, where glassware has an extensive history, Yali Glass is a new brand to the fashion retailer MatchesFashion. Marie-Rose Kahane founded the company in 2008 after working as a qualified psychologist and theater costume designer. The pieces themselves are colorfully striped tumblers with slight imperfections, or charming glass drink stirrers rendered in unusual color combinations such as yellow and gray or chartreuse and white. “Having worked with glassblowers in Murano for over 10 years, I became increasingly inquisitive and surprised by the beauty emerging from some unplanned mistakes and divergences in the process of making a piece,” Marie-Rose tells us of her inspiration. “Glass has very much a mind of its own—an energy and flow—that the maestro plays with while forming it.” Each piece is handmade on the islands of Murano by a group of artisans called The Maestros, who use techniques from the 13th century, overseen by Marie-Rose.
Asp and Hand
Unconventional color combinations and textures are the key to Asp and Hand’s funky veritas. The artist couple Blair and Eli Hansen attach odd knots and twists to the everyday tumbler, turning it into a piece of art. The brand was founded in 2017 in Bellingham, Washington, after Blair and Eli both had careers in fine art.
You probably know Marni as the quirky Italian fashion brand that dabbles in eclectic prints and odd patterns, but last month Marni debuted a blown glassware collection consisting of glasses, vases, and bottles sold in select mono-brand boutiques across the globe. The glassware possesses a chic that's similar to Marni’s clothing aesthetic. It’s also for a great cause: The collection is a charity initiative in support of Rome’s Bambino Gesù Hospital’s pediatric oncology department.
Sophie Lou Jacobsen
What makes Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s glassware feel so modern is its surprising approach to line. Take, for example, a simple everyday pitcher that has been reinvented with a bright red wavy handle. Or the equally commonplace spray bottle that is totally transformed by the beautifully translucent and curvy purple glass that Sophie used to design it. Sophie is the founder of Studio Sayso, a design firm that focuses on accessible furniture, and is also a graphic designer. In August 2019 she launched her new collection of homeware. “My biggest inspiration comes from observing everyday rituals,” explains Sophie. “I am most interested in enhancing and elevating the enjoyment of daily, passive, or even mundane tasks. I of course have a deep appreciation for design classics and and am constantly learning from my predecessors, but I get the most out of practicing a certain amount of mindfulness when using the objects around me.”
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest