What are the true luxury goods of today? For us, it’s not glitter, gold or heavy cut crystal vases. People of today need carefully designed and well-crafted objects. Pure drinking water is a treasure and this drinking set – Still – reminds us to cherish and enjoy our world’s most important resource.
Still is a drinking collection in copper and engraved crystal that uses activated charcoal to purify your drinking water. Water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, and is vital for all known forms of life. Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water reserve is freshwater and less than 0.3% of all freshwater is found in rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere.
Still is a collection of carefully engraved crystal vessels and copper instruments designed to serve the most humble and fundamental of all drinks: water.
This set has been developed for, and in cooperation with, the Viennese company
J. & L. Lobmeyr. The quality produced by their metal and crystal workshop is appreciated throughout the world.
The collection pairs crystal with copper, using activated charcoal to improve the flavor of tap water. The pieces are part of the ongoing investigation into water purification started by the designers in 2012 with their previous project Charcoal, for Vitra Design Museum.
The craftsmanship expressed in the engraving, the delicate proportions of the copper filters, and subtle religious references invite the user to handle the pieces with care, transforming these simple gestures into a daily ritual of water purification.
Each piece of crystal is engraved with two different patterns inspired by the production process itself. One is a contemporary microscopic view of river bacteria; the other a 19th-century illustration of an oceanic organism with a skeleton made of silica, the main element of glass.
As an homage to the grand Lobmeyr tradition, the designers have included two customized versions of the Candy Dish, designed by Oswald Haerdtl for the company in 1925, in the collection, used here as containers for activated charcoal. Formafantasma also designed a copper spoon, inspired by the iconic piece, and a series of copper cups in reference to the Alpha Drinking Set No. 267, designed by Hans Harald Rath.
The series has been presented at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, curated by Rosanna Orlandi, during Salone 2014.
Concept and design: Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin
Design and development: Francesco Zorzi
Production: J. & L. Lobmeyr