UK-based designers win top prize

Bombay Sapphire’s Designer Glass Competition has been won by a pair of UK-based designers for their contrary martini glass.

The former Royal College of Art students Tomek Rygalik, from Poland, and his Dutch partner Jorre van Ast took the £10 000 prize at last week’s Milan fair for their cocktail glass design, called Inverted.

By playfully placing the glass’s stem above the bowl, the pair were rewarded for creating a new, elegant drinking experience for the martini cocktail, according to a panel of judges which included Ron Arad, Dror Benshetrit, Lena Bernstrom, Nadja Swarovski and Patricia Urquiola.

Charlotte Ryberg from Sweden and Or Wai Kit from Hong Kong were awarded runners-up prizes of £3 000 and £1500 respectively.

A total of 26 global finalists were invited to participate in the competition and exhibit their entries at the Superstudio Piu in Milan.

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