Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo pursued a career in painting and sculpture before he transitioned to design in the 1950s. In even the most functional homeware pieces, Colombo’s artistic background shines through in the sculptural silhouettes he creates.
Such is the case with 5-in-1, a set of mouth-blown glasses that neatly intertwine. Featuring five pieces – originally intended as a cognac class, a white wine glass, a red wine glass, a grappa glass, and a water glass – each has a markedly different shape and purpose. Using that diversity to his advantage, Colombo’s ingenious design ensures that the glasses can be inserted into each other in order to form one transparent sculpture.
As well as its aesthetic appeal, the 5-in-1 is a highly practical design. Once stacked, the glasses reduce storage space, making it an ideal piece for smaller kitchens.
Prolific Italian architect and designer Joe Colombo, born Cesare Colombo, believed in democratic and functional design, meant to be used in many different ways - all for the benefit of the user. Ahead of his time, Colombo relied on emerging material and the latest technologies to design futuristic “machines for living”, many of which have become icons for a new way of living.
Set of drinking glasses
#1: H 11,2cm / Ø 3,8 cm
#2: H 9,7cm / Ø 6,5 cm
#3: H 8cm / Ø 6 cm
#4: H 7cm / Ø 7,3 cm
#5: H 6cm / Ø 10,1 cm
Clear mouth-blown lead-free crystal