The collection
Four clear glasses. Three tumbler-shaped glasses of different sizes and one stemmed glass.

Glassware, Glass Family

Designed by
Jasper Morrison (born 1959)
Produced by
Alessi, Omegna, Italy
Tallest: 9 x 7 x 7 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of S. Bernard Paré, 2017.1–4

This glassware is part of the Glass Family series of everyday tableware commissioned by Alessi. The set, which included glasses for red wine, white wine, and two for water, expresses Morrison’s philosophy on the importance of the familiar object in design. After seeing some old hand-blown glasses in a junk-shop, he wrote, “I’ve started to measure my own designs against objects like these glasses, and not to care if the designs become less noticeable. In fact a certain lack of noticeability has come a requirement.”

Although low-cost, the quality of these glasses was not compromised, as seen in subtle details, such as the red wine glass, the shortest of the four, becoming thinner toward the rim.

Jasper Morrison Ltd, photo by Alessandro Milani.