Does it ever strike you as strange that we have so many objects dedicated to drinking? Unlike food, which comes in many consistencies, liquid is relatively uniform. But somehow, we’ve deemed it necessary to have at least a half-dozen different kinds of glassware in our cabinets, taking up precious space. Isn’t there a more efficient system that could cut back on all the clutter?
Versatile, universal glassware that adapts to the type of beverage you’re drinking might be the answer. For example, this multipurpose glassware design plays to different kinds of Connoisseur without compromising its essential shape or requiring that you store glassware for every occasion.
Simply want water? No stem or attachment is required for this most basic, day-to-day function. Shifting to a nice Malbec or fruity Rosé? A simple slender neck and base slot in, elegantly extending the core cup unit to make it a wine glass. Both actually look like modern drinking glasses you would want to buy separately – even if they didn’t offer these cool multifunctional shape-shifting capabilities.
For cognac drinkers, an angled base tilts the tableware to let it breath better – turning it into an effective side-tilted snifter. A baseless champagne stem is perfect for toasting-oriented, mobility-focused celebrations, essentially forcing you to keep it in your hand (as setting down your drink at the wrong time can mean missing the key toasts.)
With the cupboard space-saving “One Glass 4 Every Drink” concept design, designer Sven Milcent and Utopik Design Lab have arguably solved a basic drinkware problem, though whether or not it would work well in practice depends entirely on the connections – the interchangeable pieces are the physical and conceptual lynchpins that will make or break these (literally) in real life. Whether we’ll get a chance to ever find out by testing them ourselves remains to be seen, but clearly there’s a market for such a product.