By Jacky Parker
Instantly recognisable for her flamboyant style and wily personality, New York fashionista and all-round style icon, Iris Apfel has designed a range of glassware with Istanbul-based, luxury glassware brand, Nude (recipients themselves of numerous design accolades, including a prestigious Red Dot Award).
Just launched in New York at the New Museum, the collection combines Nude’s ethos of 'simple is beautiful’ with the bold nonagenarian’s maximalist colour confident style. Known for its design-led and artisanal approach to glassware, Nude has chosen the dynamic stylista as a nod to it's own disruptive side. Members of Soho House and frequenters of the Edition, Miami, will already have sipped cocktails and champagne from the brand's tumblers, flutes and stemware.
Apfel's background in interior design, includes the transformation of the White House for no less than nine presidents, with John and Jackie Kennedy among them. She and her husband, Carl Apfel, also ran the successful textile company, Old World Weavers for several decades.
Nude will launch a series of striking collections throughout the year, includinga range of customised collectibles inspired by Iris’s indomitable style. Along with these Iris-inspired products, includingTomas Kral’s'Beak'collection (above), reimagined in acid bright colours and bold stripes, Nude will launch a playful Iris doll, originally designed byHarry Allen and given the 'Iris' treatment.
Not a minimalist by anyone's standard, Apfel stands out for her love of layering accessories and dressing in colour, but that doesn’t mean she's a stranger to simplicity, as the glass range will testify.
Nude takes direction from its signature collaborators, Ron Arad and Nigel Coates, and works with a roster of design talent.
Prices from £65 for a set of two Beak tumblers.Find Nude glassware in premium retailers around the world including Harrods, Fenwick, Wallpaper Store, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Amara, The Conran Shop, MoMa, Goop, Barneys and Printemps.
The collection is also available at nudeglass.com
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