Conservatore

Gumdesign’s new collection of stemware, manufactured by ColleVilca, includes a glass with its own cork stopper, so you can save the contents for later.

Altruista

A traditional form with a creative twist: a spout.

Ambiguo

Is it a solid or liquid?

Rilassato

Requires a steady hand.

Passionale

With bowls that sit askew on their bases, the glasses can lean toward or away from each other.

Introverso

The glass fits perfectly inside the carafe.

Co.Design

Experimental Glasses That Turn Wine Into Art

The Italian design collective Gumdesign offers experimental takes on the traditional form.

Wine glasses generally come in two varieties: red (with a big wide bowl to facilitate oxidation) and white (with a smaller mouth and tapered bowl). We’re far from sommeliers, but, to us, it seems a shame that, with so much energy devoted to developing wine, so little creativity goes into the glasses in which it’s served. Gumdesign, an Italian design collective, fixes that disparity with playful twists on traditional crystal stemware.

Most of them are subtle, clever interpretations of the usual form: One, for instance, comes with its own cork stopper; another has a dainty spout. We’re partial to the one whose tulip bowl sits slightly tilted on its stem; when paired, they can lean in or away from each other.

If you’re a wine snob who holds fast to the belief that a glass’s shape can impact bouquet, these designs may not be for you. For those who select wine by the look of the label, these glasses might have the power to make box wine palatable.

They’re made by ColleVilca, an Italian factory that makes crystal objects by hand. To order, send an email to: mirella@vilca.it.

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4 Comments

  • SLJonesDigital

    Nice ... but the cork part would never get used here at World Headquarters.

  • Bruno

    Wine glasses already come in many shapes! Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon do not taste exactly the same depending on the glass you use. I've had an incredible experience with Alsace Riesling tasted in 3 different glasses, one of which was designed by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier in 1989: the wine really comes to life. The design is perfect for the wine, maybe less for the eye... unlike these.