My most depressing product design loss happened two years ago, when I accidentally broke one of my Norlan whisky glasses while washing it in the sink. (Borosilicate glass is both fragile, and very slippery when wet.) I paid good money for a set of four of those, and in a moment of carelessness went down to three.
I never got around to replacing it, but perhaps I will with Norlan’s latest offering, again designed by Sruli Recht. Whereas the original Norlan was designed for those who like their Scotch neat, they’ve now released the Rauk, a tumbler for those who want it on ice.
“Both the Rauk’s interior and exterior are formed from machine-pressed molten crystal with a five-part mold. The precision-molded base rests on four crystal points, which gives it the illusion of hovering. It was designed to hold cocktails as its multi-chevron cross-shaped extrusions provide friction points for gripping ingredients used in muddled drinks.”