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The Sidebar Project

Tradition meets innovation in a design collaboration centered around the at-home bar

by Karen Day in Food + Drink on 19 May 2011

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Since stepping on the scene nearly five years ago, Teroforma has stayed true to their core as a tableware company committed to honest design. The husband-and-wife team seeks out manufacturers and designers who share their passion for quality, and as a result have worked with some of the most talented artisans around the world.

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Evidence of their high standards is clearly visible in the latest addition to their lineup—a set of impeccably crafted glassware and coordinating liquor cabinet created in collaboration with Seattle-based design studio Urbancase. Dubbed The Sidebar Project, the collection is the first in what they predict to be several executed together under the label Crafted. It includes a handmade hutch in either walnut or white Corian, and stemware boasting an elegant crosshatched diamond pattern that was cut into the crystal using a new machining method.

Invented by Bohemia Machine in the Czech Republic, the BM-Jack 1 is an automated machine that closely mocks manual glass-cutting with a micro-format technique that controls the depth of each cut.

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Before employing this innovative cutting method, each glass—conceived by Prague-based designer Roman Vrtiska for Teroforma—is mouthblown against a hand-carved wooden mold.

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The pattern, originally programmed on a computer, is then translated by the BM-Jack 1 and cut into the surface of the non-lead crystal glass. The upshot is a beautifully constructed glass with a highly detailed pattern at a lower price point than hand-etched crystal.

Glassware for The Sidebar Project spans $55-65 and the handcrafted liquor cabinets start at $3,100. Created in limited runs, contact the companies through the "Crafted" website for purchasing. See more images in the gallery below.

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