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8 Modern Barware Designs

Fancy a drink with the help of these eight modern barware designs sure to delight. Cheers to drinking in style!

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Aarne Champagne Glass


Cheers, friends. Today we toast to a good year gone by and a brand new one just beginning. And what's NYE without a bit of bubbly? These classic Aarne champagne glasses were designed by Göran Hongell for Iittala in 1948, and would be a special treat to clink and drink from to ring in 2010, or celebrate any special occassion to come.

Cocktail Collection by Royal Doulton

Cocktail Collection


Yes, the same Royal Doulton known for traditional floral-printed china churns out these mod stainless steel cocktail utensils. The set doesn’t skimp on utility (it includes a strainer, stirrer, knife, and bottle opener) but also doesn’t take itself too seriously, as witnessed by the colorful handles.

animal shot glasses

Animal Shot Glasses by Goody Grams

I stopped into the quite charming San Francisco spirits store Cask last week, and though the grappa selection left something to be desired, I was taken with these animal head shot glasses by Japanese Designers Goody Grams.

davd rasmussen cafe plate

Cafe Trays by David Rasmussen Design

Colorado-based designer David Rasmussen recently released a line of wooden cafe trays that is the perfect blend of modern-meets-craft. What started out as a small commission for a local restaurant blossomed into full-fledged product series. "The first ones I made got such rave reviews that I decided to make a second batch," says Rasmussen. "I sold those about as fast as I could churn them out. Then, I refined the process of making them and diversified the line by adding three new sizes and started producing them this spring." Carved with a CNC router and finished by hand, these plates come in maple or walnut with a neon trim and were launched at the AD Home show in Los Angeles. The plates come four sizes and retail for $42 to $52 a piece. For more information, click here.

Trombone Cocktail Shaker by Nick Munro

Trombone Cocktail Shaker


With looks that reference the trombone greats who called London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club home—and a double-walled construction that will keep your concoctions fresh—this cocktail shaker is a barware must.


Wine Breather Carafe, Menu

Wine Breather Carafe


Don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple-looking carafe—the Wine Breather has a few tricks up its sleeve. It holds an upside-down wine bottle in place as it drains, and its silicone seal functions as a funnel when you need to pour wine back into the bottle. Never fuss with extra gizmos again!


Resin Champagne Bucket, Tina Frey designs

Resin Champagne Bucket


This bucket looks ceramic, but appearances deceive—it’s constructed from a super-lightweight resin. The dimpled surface, rough edges, and leather handles lend nice tactile qualities.