Heart shaped vase

Take note, Debbie Harry: this is what most people would call a heart of glass. A literal one, anyway.

Made from the same transparent blown borosilicate glass found in mad-scientist labs (or regular ones, for that matter), this pair of water-and-wine-pouring devices might make you think twice before taking a drink just for their slight creep factor. Forget about sappy Valentine’s hearts – this one is shaped just like an anatomically correct human heart, with wine standing in for blood in one half and water keeping the other transparent.

Human heart vessel

Designed by Liviana Osti, ‘Cuore’ is hand made in Italy by glass blower Tommaso Colesanti and available in a limited edition series. It’s capable of holding a liter of water in one half and a liter of wine in the other. The designer’s interest in science likely played a role in the creation of such an unusual carafe concept; she has a bachelor’s degree in physics while also teaching arts and design at the Bauhaus University of Weimar in Germany and the Free University of Bolsano.

Human heart shaped design

Here’s the designer’s description of the project:

“Two glass carafes shaping a human heart when joined together. The heart is a reminder for the generally underestimated but essential role health plays in our lives. In order to prevent cardiovascular and blood pressure diseases we have to start with the root of the problem, our daily consume of food and beverage.”

“A wine decanter is built together with a water carafe. A half half coloured mix of red and white. Red wine stands for low pressure, water stands for high pressure. The organic heart shape has been developed into two different, stand-alone objects according to the natural division of ventricles.”

Do you find the rather gory nature of this handmade glass object off-putting, or would you proudly display it in your home?