Cibi, Modern Glassware That Reflects A Different Time

It used to be that going out for a cocktail or entertaining at home meant having a healthy supply of booze and cigars or cigarettes. It really wasn’t that long ago that smoking and drinking went hand in hand, but stricter laws have made that virtually impossible in any location but your own home. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, there is still something romantic about holding a glass of scotch in one hand, listening to some soft jazz being played live in the corner of the bar, with the sweet smell of cigar smoke redolent in the air. Different times indeed, but Arnolfo di Cambio Cibi glassware collection does more than just hint at that era.

While you will get a definite sense of that time when you see this crystal glassware, there is still no denying that this is a modern collection that very much has a place in today’s world. Designed by Cini Boeri, the bar glasses and accessories take on a shape that is very elegant and feminine, yet which have sharp, angular features that will also appeal to any red-blooded American man. Simply put, the Cibi glassware collection is one that is absolutely perfect for a more sophisticated bar.

The Cibi decanter may very well be the finest example of the design principles we spoke of. Its beauty comes from the fact that it is, like every other piece in this collection, mouth blown and hand-cut. That makes each piece an absolute original, with no two decanters looking the same. Even the tiniest imperfections in the design, such as a bubble in the glass, should be viewed as another sign of its individuality, rather than a blight on its elegance and sophistication.

The Cibi Double Old Fashion glasses are also exceptionally crafted, and are designed in a way that makes them incredibly easy to hold. Modern glassware designs have a tendency to be too clever for their own good, but the Cibi glasses are done in a way that is the perfect combination of functionality and design. This is particularly true of the Cibi glasses, which are tall, slender, and have the profile of a tall, beautiful woman wearing a dress that flares out at the knee.

No barware set, especially one which so evokes an older era, can be considered complete without a few accessories added. The Cibi collection has a pair of fantastic additions in the form of an ashtray and an ice bucket. Both perfectly reflect the Arnolfo di Cambio deign style, whilst also being instantly recognizable as part of the Cibi collection. It seems fitting that the old-fashioned appeal of this modern glassware should be made valid by the fact that the time-honored tradition of glass blowing should be used to create the stunning look of each individual piece.

Iittala Cookware

There is nothing as exciting as building a home that features a chef’s kitchen or upgrading the look of your existing kitchen to create a stunning new look. Much thought is put into the appliances that will be used, as well as the look and style of the materials on display. Where kitchen design tends to fall short is after the custom cabinetry is in place and the top of the line appliances have been installed and are ready to use. It’s then that the cooking begins and where the choice of cookware becomes key.

It’s easy to get lost in the details of designing a custom kitchen and forget what the purpose of the space is in the first place. Settling for inferior cookware is the equivalent of purchasing a brand new Mercedes Benz and then having a Ford Focus engine installed. Yes, a modern kitchen should look beautiful, but it should also be a functional space where the best tools are available when it comes time to fire up the stove.

Arguably the best of those is the Iittala Tools collection of cookware designed by Bjorn Dahlstrom. What you get with this collection of pots and pans is cookware that looks great when being used, but which has also been designed to be equally at home in a regular kitchen or professional restaurant. The stainless steel cookware in this collection has been meticulously designed to ensure that each piece has ultimate performance. A compound multi-layered construction distributes and retains heat evenly Generously proportioned handles are intrinsic to Dahlstrom's tools. Lids are designed to release steam without rattling and the interior has measuring scales marking the quarts. These pots and pans are suitable for gas, electric, ceramic and induction cooktops.

 If cast iron is a material that appeals to you, then you must take a look at the Iittalla cast iron casserole pot designed by Timo Sarpaneva. This is a piece of cookware that will serve as a major talking point, and which may also become the centerpiece of your kitchen. The design of the Sarpaneva casserole pot will make you think of food being cooked over a campfire, but make no mistake, this is a stunningly beautiful piece that is much adored by collectors and cooks alike. This may very well be the king of cast iron cookware, thanks to its truly unique design and detachable wooden handle that creates the rustic, campfire effect.

If you are searching for the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen design, then do it with cookware, by adding any or all of the above pieces to your cookware collection.