They say you can’t reinvent the wheel, and why would you? It does a perfectly good job as it is. But as products have to continually evolve to keep our attention, when has a designer gone too far? I’ll tell you when; remember those ridiculous champagne flutes with no bottoms, the ones that had different coloured stems and you placed in a ‘vase’ of sorts when you had finished drinking from them? Not only were they fiddly and awkward to hold, but you had to keep holding the blasted things until you had drunk every last drop. That’s unless you didnt mind putting your glass in with all the others and mixing up your germs with total strangers. Complete waste of time.
So it comes with some interest here at The Base, whenever we learn of a new collection of glassware, we think – can it get any more silly than those champagne flutes? Well the InsideOut Glass Collection by AMT has pleasantly surprised us.Each glass features the iconic properties of the individual glass, but inside another glass. Making it not only easier for people to hold, but instantly recognisable as well.
The thin stems of traditional glassware for alcoholic beverages can be tough to hold for many, a difficulty the InsideOut Glass Collection hopes to rectify. Although each glass in the collection manages to hold onto its iconic identity, they have all been tweaked to provide a better grip. This is especially appreciated when more and more alcohol is involved.
Designed by New York company AMT Studio, the InsideOut Glass Collection is comprised of four designs: graceful champagne, demure liqueur, streetwise shot glasses and conical martini. The designers have literally turned the glasses inside out, with the curvaceous shapes of the glasses remaining inwards, while drinkers are presented with a continuous cylindrical form that is easy to grasp.
Alissia Melka-Teichroew, founder and creative director of byAMT Inc (formerly known as AlissiaMT Design) is a New World-Old World mash-up. The daughter of a French mother and American father, she was born and raised in The Netherlands. She is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven and holds a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA.
After stints in Paris, San Francisco, and Boston, she now lives and works in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. While developing her own original projects, she also served a design residency at the renowned design consultancy IDEO and also worked on staff at Puma International.
What we like best about the InsideOut Glass Collection, is that you can clearly still see which type of drink should be poured into which glass. So if you’ve got a hankering for a Cosmo, you grab a Martini glass. When you’re drinking bubbly, you use a champagne flute. And whilst Alissia hasn’t exactly reinvented glassware, she has turned it upside down and give it a new quirky twist.
The InsideOut glasses are not only beautiful, fun, and stylish, but boast some practical advantages, too: the double-walled glass provides insulation, keeping beverages cold for much longer than conventional barware.
And currently, designer website Fab.com have a sale on these glasses.