First Images: Designer Tom Dixon’s Striking New ‘Puck’ Glassware Collection
Let’s face it, when you have impeccable taste (we like to think we do), even purchasing a gorgeous new set of flatware is enough reason to invite those most special people in your life over to yours, to show off just how good your taste actually is. But sixteen months of lockdown meant all such invitations had ceased, making such purchases honestly seem a bit unnecessary – after all, it’s really not much fun just impressing yourself.
The world is at last opening back up, of course – and while we expect to be spending no small amount of time in our most favored restaurants and bars this summer (an urgent reminder: they need our patronage more than ever), by autumn we are sure to be finally extending all those dinner invitations that weren’t being extended during the long, lonely period of quarantine.
Specifically inspiring this plan is the handsome new Puck collection by Tom Dixon, set to be released this September. Despite the name, we must point out straight away that it’s not actually been inspired by Shakespeare’s mischievous fairy of the same name (from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream). Quite the contrary, these stunning, mouth-blown (in Poland) glassware pieces exhibit a significant measure of practical utility to match their considerable beauty.
Cleverly, the much-awarded Brit designer consulted the staff at his Coal Office restaurant near London’s St Pancras Station, on just what would be the ideal shape of a cocktail and other glasses. And anyone who has had to even drink orange juice out of an inappropriate vessel knows this is not an insignificant matter. It turned out that job one was the elimination of all superfluous ornamentation – an ideal that had greatly suffered at the hands of postmodernist relativism in recent decades – with a focus instead on the basic conical, spherical and cylindrical shapes. Simplicity at its finest.
The new whisky glasses are particularly striking, with the Tom Dixon Design Research Studio having worked with whisky specialists to update the traditional shaping of the nosing, to allow for the most idealized effect on the palate. And in the overall, the Puck collection seems to have been a very successful exercise in sacrificing the good, in favor of the near perfect.
Oh, and the name? It actually refers to the heavyweight bases, which give the glasses heft and substance, and yes, somewhat resemble hockey pucks.