The Optic Collection Traces Its History Back to Crude Glassmaking

The Optic Collection Traces Its History Back to Crude Glassmaking

The recently-released three-piece Optic Collection of glassware designed by Richard Brendon lends a contemporary look and feel to a centuries-old glassmaking technique. Available in Clear or Smoke, the tumbler, highball, and carafe would make solid additions to your bar and hosting arsenal. Enjoy water, cocktails, or soft drinks in style using the tumbler and highball glasses, and decant your wine in the carafe. Of course, there’s also an interesting backstory to the technique that’s used to craft each piece.

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Glassware set with a ribbed design.

The artistry and production methods used in their making are rooted in Germany, dating as far back as 1450. Traditional artisans would blow molten glass into a ribbed mold, remove it while still malleable, and then blow it into a second mold without ribbing before giving it a twist to create a spiraled, groovy effect. The crude technique was further refined in Murano to achieve tighter ribbing and better precision in the tactile material. Experiencing the result, especially when caught in a ray of sun, has a mesmerizing effect. In the late 17th century, the technique caught on in England with the introduction of champagne. The sparkling wine was cloudy, but the cleverness and know-how of bottle makers helped hide its imperfections with this trick of the eye.

Three glasses with a red-hued beverage and a carafe of lemonade on a modern tabletop.

Each member of the Optic Collection is handmade using this same technique, with bases that are polished flat to create visual contrast with the vessels’ ribbing. This step also adds to the stability of the already weighty pieces. Lead-free glass makes the drinkware resistant to clouding; it can even be cleaned in the dishwasher. Design-led yet hard-wearing, the timeless collections that have been released by Richard Brendan since the brand’s inception in 2013 are made by highly skilled craftspeople that will settle for no less than perfection.

Two glasses with red liquid next to a cocktail jigger, on a surface with orange slices.

A carafe and two glasses of a citrus-infused beverage, garnished with orange slices, on a sunlit table.

A carafe and a glass with water and lemon slices on a kitchen counter, with a backdrop of indoor plants and fruits.

Detail of glassware.

Detail of glassware.

Glassware set with a ribbed design.

Glassware set with a ribbed design.

Two ribbed glasses on a wooden serving board with a whole and a halved orange.

Glassware carafe and two glasses.vase, all placed on a surface with a wooden spoon beside them.

Two glasses of lemon water on a table beside whole and halved lemons on a cutting board with a knife.

Glassware and carafe on a wooden table accompanied by decorative plants.

Glassware and carafe on a wooden table accompanied by decorative plants.

Detail of smoked glassware.

Detail of smoked glassware.

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Detail of smoked glassware.

An assortment of transparent and opaque glassware with textured designs, displayed on a light surface against a neutral background.

As of today, The Optic Collection is available in the UK and North America through richardbrendon.com and other fine retailers.

Source: design-milk

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