The Champagne popsicle

In collaboration with Corning Museum of Glass, students were asked to develop a vessel design that could be reproduced in the glass blowing experience at the museum. Understanding the history of the Champagne became a crucial task to interpret the needs of the user and the attributes that go into the drinking experience. Initial 2D exploration was focused on understanding form and proportions, the aim was to design a vessel that carried the main attributes of the beverage: excessive, decadent and sensual.

As the exploration in 3D continued, the goal became to find an innovative way to enjoy champagne, focusing on a different market and keeping the attributes that characterize the famous drink.  The champagne popsicle became a daring idea. Corning Museum of Glass granted it first place out of all design proposals and developed a prototype in their glass blowing studio in Corning, New York. The project was featured in RIT promotional brochures, the Corning Museum of Glass Blog and RIT – Activating the Vignelli Archive website.