Postwar modernism was largely redefined by a small group of Italian architects who believed that design should be innovative, playful, and above all, sexy. Think of the Brionvega radio, brainchild of Marco Zanuso and German designer Richard Sapper, the Elda chair by Joe Colombo, and the Castiglioni brothers’ iconic Arco floor lamp. Another member of this Milan- design mafia is Cini Boeri, a graduate of the city’s prestigious Politecnico and longtime collaborator with Zanuso. Less celebrated than many of her colleagues, Ms. Boeri nonetheless produced an oeuvre that runs the gamut from civil architecture to industrial design. She probably is best known for her chic reboot of the Knoll showrooms in the 1970s, although her furniture designs, whether vintage or contemporary, still resonate with collectors and interior designers. For Blade Runner fans, though, Boeri’s most stunning creation is the scene-stealing glass from which Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, swills his Johnnie Walker.
Personally picked by director Ridley Scott, this exquisite piece of crystal looks as if it were designed on a Mac running 3-D CAD software. In reality it’s a mouth-blown, hand-cut piece of Old World art from one of Italy’s most precious glass boutiques, Arnolfo di Cambio. Introduced in 1973, the CIBI Double Old Fashion glass — so not old-fashioned — is a paragon of modernism that references plane geometry, origami, and now a scene in the most famous sci-fi film noir ever made. And if your preference after a hard day of hunting replicants is a vodka tonic or a Patrón neat, highball and shot glasses are also available.
$184 for two at tableartonline.com