Studio Sasseville dissects everyday objects to identify their essential attributes and to create future memories through shape, colour, and density. Guillaume Sasseville was presented with the prestigious Phyllis-Lambert Design Montréal Grant in 2011 for his work Common Glass. His extensive research into glassware that was mass produced in Montreal during the early 20th century led him to focus on one particular type: the glass tumbler made by the Dominion Glass Co. The elegant, customizable tumbler was reinterpreted by Sasseville, who had honed his craftsmanship while studying with a glassmaker in Graz, Austria.
The merger of two opposing manufacturing methods (industrial and artisanal) resulted in a new and modern Montreal icon. The tumbler holds less than a pint, more than a soft-drink glass, and at 8 oz. (227 mL), the imperial measurement system is the only aspect this “common” crystal tumbler shares with its predecessor. Neither too light nor too heavy, it is an object of exquisite beauty. Its refined lip (0.6 mm), with its hint of opaline green, thickens imperceptibly towards the narrowing base, where the colour is more visible. Inside the glass, the bulging pontil mark has a distinctive shape, a testament to the precise moment the molten liquid completed its transformation into glass.
The ex aequo winner of the Kitchen product award, which the jury effusively praised for its sensuous simplicity, provides a stylish reinterpretation of an everyday object.