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Riedel: The Pleasure of Glass

SEEN is often struck by how what you’re drinking can be elevated by the glassware you’re drinking or pouring it from. The most quotidian of wines suddenly acquires a taste of the luxurious and unusual, if you’re pouring from an exquisitely designed decanter; guaranteed to delight the oenophile in your life this Christmas.

SEEN is often struck by how what you’re drinking can be elevated by the glassware you’re drinking or pouring it from. The most quotidian of wines suddenly acquires a taste of the luxurious and unusual, if you’re pouring from an exquisitely designed decanter; guaranteed to delight the oenophile in your life this Christmas.

The Ayam Decanter is unique, and a signature piece for Riedel Crystal’s 260th year. It marries functionality with exceptional aesthetic appeal. It not only has the functionality to double-decant, enabling wine to aerate twice as quickly than any other decanter, but also has the ingenious option to hang from the table for an exceptional space-saving benefit (not that SEEN has the nerve to try this, you understand). This flagship piece takes its name from the world’s most exclusive and coveted breed of hen, illustrating an elegant and impressive appearance with an easy-to-handle shape.
Price: £395

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The Horn Decanter’s impressive design gives it the ability to perform not only as a wine instrument, decanting wine, but also as a musical instrument, capable of producing music, similar to a traditional horn. How advisable this is after a few glasses is a moot point. Modelled after a musical horn’s coiled shape, the Horn Decanter is formed freely without the help of any mould, and proves extremely difficult to create. Requiring three master glassblowers’ efforts, the Horn’s form is mouth-blown with two openings on either end; the larger of which is to be used for both receiving and pouring wine. The decanter’s clear lead crystal colour is accented by a large regal golden yellow stripe outlined by two black lines, following the contours of its curved silhouette.
Price: £675

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Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.