These three glassware designers are all about everyday luxury.

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Stephanie Summerson Hall grew up treasure-hunting with her grandmother Estelle at antiques stores and yard sales in small towns around Charleston, South Carolina. When her grandmother passed away, Summerson Hall inherited a few pieces of colored glassware and quickly realized the only places she could find similar pieces were on the secondhand market. "It was like a light bulb moment," she says. That epiphany prompted Summerson Hall, a serial entrepreneur, to partner with a 100-year-old heritage company in Poland and launch Estelle Colored Glass in 2019.

Wine and cocktail glasses
Credit: Photo by Carson Downing / Food Styling by Greg Luna / Prop Styling by Sue Mitchell

For Summerson Hall, the high-quality colored glass pieces, in modern silhouettes, are worthy of displaying as well as enjoying at the table. When Estelle Colored Glass first started, the company offered stemless and stemmed wine glasses, as well as Champagne coupes in seven colors. Today, the line includes martini glasses and an expanded palette of 17 colors, each with devoted followings and specific inspiration: a shade of rose that came from a 2016 Gucci dress, a cobalt from a French blue sofa Summerson Hall used in her event business. One of the most popular items that the company sells is a mixed set of glasses in six different colors, which was created in response to enthusiastic customer requests.

Estelle Colored Glass is ultimately about everyday luxury, says Summerson Hall. "It's about having a moment when you get off work or have people over, with whatever beverage you like best." (She favors her glasses for serving iced tea or punch.) And, naturally, each glass is of heirloom quality— designed to be passed down through the generations.

Coupes, wineglasses, and flutes from Estelle Colored Glass
Credit: Photo by Carson Downing / Food Styling by Greg Luna / Prop Styling by Sue Mitchell

Broc Cellars Wine Glasses

Chris Brockway and Bridget Leary of Broc Cellars teamed up with glassblower Rafi Ajl to create these sturdy, lower-profile glasses and carafes, perfect for younger wines.

Richard Brendon Crystal Cocktail Glasses

Each piece from this new collection features a nearly invisible rim. Choose from the classic mouth- blown glasses or the antique-inspired Star Cut. The high-ball glass works for water just as well as a Pimm's Cup.

$180 for a set of 2 Star Cut coupe glasses at richardbrendon.com

Estelle Colored Wine Glasses

Available stemmed and stemless.

$65–$85 for a set of 2 glasses at estellecoloredglass.com

September 2021