We had dinner at a friend's house two weeks ago and they served us wine in these glasses up top (bottom left). Though they are really water tumblers, they have a passing resemblance to the Riedel stemless O Glasses, but they are a bit heavier and a bit more durable. Turning them over, I was surprised to discover that they were crystal and by Alessi. I've tracked them down here for you...
A few days later I was visiting the CB2 store on Broadway (looking at outdoor chairs), when I noticed their glass collection. With much lower price points, I saw a number of designs that were really, really cool. The CB2 folks have good eyes:
>> Beaker Glasses - these look like plastic cups but are made of durable chem lab beaker glass and stackable.
>> Stack Barware - These have a very cool shape that allows them to be big, thin and also stack. They look like old fashioned soda fountain glasses, but with a slight twist. I thought they were very distinctive.
This got me thinking about my OLD favorites, so I went just a bit further to complete the list of favorite everyday glasses for 2009.
>> Martha's Favorite Hadley Glasses at Macy's - This seems to be a reissue of the old Martha's favorite glasses, which are awesome, but were discontinued when her catalog folded.
>> Gio Glasses - Handmade in Poland, these babies are really, really thin and stylish, but not for use around babies. :-)
>> Pebble Optic Tumblers - For those of you who want everyday glasses that won't break, I really love these guys that I found in the Grenadine Islands.