Aren’t these retro low balls the most gorgeous things you’ve ever seen? (We can just see Don Draper or Roger Sterling sipping a cocktail from one of these lovelies on the chic set of Mad Men!) They were designed by George Briard, a World War II interpreter-turned-celebrated designer. He is remembered most for his gorgeous glassware designs, which were available at Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller in the 60s and its surrounding decades. We are constantly on the hunt for his pieces at estate sales and flea markets.
Born in the Ukraine with the name Jascha Brojdo, Briard’s background in art and design includes a master of fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he met friend and work partner Max Wille. Wille came up with the pseudonym George Briard for his commercial dishware, which took off with massive success. Much later in life, Briard earned the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators.
You know how we love chic bar setups reminiscent of those from the 50s and 60s, and there’s nothing like vintage glasses to give them endless style. Although pilsner glasses are perfect for fancily drinking beer, these chic George Briard scroll glasses—measuring 3.25 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches high—will lend your 5 o’clock cocktail high style with a touch of sophistication.