Twisted or puffy, tall or squat, the international assortment of glasses and decanters at Clo wine bar in New York City are a beautiful break from tradition. Clo owner and sommelier Andrew Bradbury describes these great designs.
Andrew and Brook Bradbury love this serpentine crystal decanter designed by Maximilian Riedel, the energetic 11th-generation leader of the venerable Austrian glass company. “Max is the shot in the arm that Riedel needed,” Andrew says. $495; riedel.com.
Esque Studio in Portland, Oregon, produced this limited edition of 10 decanters exclusively for Clo. “The glassblower first makes the skull, then shapes the glass around it,” Andrew Bradbury explains. “Two out of three break before they’re even finished.” $995; clowines.com.
At a solo exhibition of his work last year called Cru, the British artist Sebastian Bergne experimented with all manner of wine vessels, creating glasses and decanters inspired by his extensive cork collection. But the objects were all one-offs, made just for the show. The Bradburys contacted Bergne and persuaded him to produce a line for Clo, like this glass, which uses a wine cork as the stem. From $100; sebastianbergne.com.
Inspired by the classic Bordeaux bottle shape, with sides that are straight instead of curved, the Milan-based Cos introduced a series of houseware items, such as vases and rolling pins, made with recycled Bordeaux bottles. This vase consists of two fused bottles and can rest on any stand (like the rectangular vase shown here); flowers go in the necks. $125; antoniocos.com.
The Milan-based design company modeled this decanter on a porrón, the Spanish wine pitcher sometimes used for serving sangria. In the original incarnation, the spout is for drinking; in this one, it’s for pouring. $114; unicahome.com.
These glasses have sloping lips and come in a range of shapes designed for specific wines, like the Nebbiolo and Champagne ones below. “The Nebbiolo is hands-down one of my favorite glasses to drink out of,” Andrew Bradbury says. From $124 a pair; unicahome.com.