Italians sure know their stuff. In a household, there's no better way to end a long day than with a glass of water, some olives and bread. It's also a great way to welcome the day, and most importantly, a guest — with the smell of a freshly baked loaf of ciabatta and the distinct punch of saltiness from a bowl of olives. It's no surprise that in the recent Salone del Mobile 2016, four design creatives took it upon them to present a collection for this purpose: To welcome the international jetset with some water, olives and bread.
Not without showcasing their new barware too, of course. Named Welcome Gestures for W.O.B. (which, as you've guessed, refers to water, olives and bread), the collection of barware includes a pitcher, bowls and glass bottles. Made of honey-amber mouth-blown borosilicate glass, each piece was created by a designer who had interpreted the gesture of camaraderie into a product. Among the designers are Lanzavecchia + Wai, which includes our own Singaporean son Hunn Wai (the other is Italian Francesca Lanzavecchia). The other three names in design are Antonio Forteleoni, Mist-o and Leonoardo Talarico.
The whisky-coloured glassware don't need any trimmings to function stylishly — road-tested during the show in two Milanese restaurants, DRY and Pisacco, they're a fitting companion to a trio that's all you really need to make a guest feel at home: Water, olives, and bread.
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