Hand-Blown Tumblers, With A Sculptural Twist

These hand-blown glasses are not only beautiful, they keep beverages colder longer.

When New York-based design firm Aruliden created the Fishscape fish bowl, they struck a unique chord with design-minded fish owners who could finally dispose of the tacky plastic rocks and fauna usually found in fish tanks. It was a clever twist on a previously lame product, to be sure. Now Aruliden’s conceit will get even more love, because it's been transformed into a tumbler, and the fish replaced by booze.

The Escape glass, like its fish-hosting predecessor, is a typical glass vessel with one key distinction: the bottom is inverted upward, into a mountainous terrain of glass. Each piece is uniquely hand-blown so that--like Earth’s topography--no shape is exactly like the other.

“We wanted to create a product that would evoke a sense of escape when complemented with liquid,” says Aruliden’s Rinat Aruh. Alcohol amplifies the effect: “The asymmetrical form within the glass distorts light and its liquid contents, creating an interesting visual from every angle.”

And if wine-enhanced, optical distortions aren’t enticement enough, the glass landscape also boasts some scientific merit: “This interior form allows the contents to stay cooler for a longer period of time,” Aruh tells Co.Design. “That’s the beauty of a landscape within.”

Escape tumblers cost $48 for a set of four. They’ll be available through Aruliden in late October.

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  • Pluke PDX

    "And if wine-enhanced, optical distortions aren’t enticement enough, the
    glass landscape also boasts some scientific merit: 'This interior form
    allows the contents to stay cooler for a longer period of time,' Aruh tells Co.Design."

    Where's the scientific evidence to back this up?  It would seem that increasing the surface area would increase the rate of heat exchange, not decrease it.  Without evidence I'm calling BS on this claim - sounds like marketing hooey to sell expensive tumblers to wealthy, gullible "aficionados".