The Essence collection grows
Alfredo Häberli – Memories of the Future
The exhibition brings together all the projects realized between Häberli and Iittala over two decades. The exhibition is open at the Design Lab Gallery in Iittala & Arabia Design Centre in Helsinki until 31 January 2022.
Finding the EssenceHäberli used his own heritage of growing up with a family owned restaurant and hotel when designing Essence. His goal was to integrate his knowledge of gastronomy in a glass with a minimal form that struck a balance between tradition and modernity, celebration and daily use. To find what he described as “the in-between or the essence.”
With Essence, Häberli deconstructed the wine glass’s conventional design by turning the traditional soft curve into an angular, trapeze shaped bowl that was flattened and a tapered stem that was turned upside down.
Believing that simple forms enhance the enjoyment of wine, Essence glassware is modern and minimal. The beautiful design is amongst the most recognized glassware collections in the world having won both the iF Award and the Les Découvertes Award.