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May 112012

As you may have noticed, I like glass a lot. Especially tableware. I collect it – old and new. I took a trip to Venice 30 years ago. Two things happened. I learned about Venetian glass in Murano and also found women still doing embroidery by hand in Burano.

These 2 experiences shaped my aesthetic and direction for life.

I was recently in Paris and found this glass tableware still handmade in Venice. I am fussy about glassware, being the avid collector that I am. This collection is gorgeous and fun. A perfect combination. We carry stemware as well as the tumblers. They may only be purchased through our store in West Hollywood.

Jun 282011

Robin Mix Glass, Tunbridge VT

Robin Mix is my good friend and father of my twins, Tess and Ivy. He is also a brilliant glass designer. He lives and breathes glass. Sometimes I think he doesn’t think of anything else!

We met in Tunbridge 35 years ago. He still maintains his studio here in a beautiful brick Federal farmhouse overlooking the valley.

Needless to say, I have the foremost collection! Years ago, he would trade me a piece of glass for a haircut. Some of these early pieces are misshapen and small, but I love them and so do my girls.

As the years progressed, so did his talent and design capabilities. Honestly, there is no one that comes close to him. He produces every piece of glass alone and by hand. Each piece is one of a kind and a true collector’s item.

Robin’s work can be found, alongside other glass masters, in several museums, including the Corning Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Design. His work has always been available through Barney’s, but starting in September, it will also be available through Anichini showrooms. View Robin’s work at

Aug 092010

CB2 Marta glass. The ‘real deal’ for two bucks.

When I was 18 years old, I walked into a new store in Old Town Chicago called Crate and Barrel. It changed my life forever.

I am an avid admirer of Gordon Segal, the founder, and have a picture of him in my office with a quote that says: “Stay nervous. Stay Humble”.

Very recently on a trip to LA, I stopped into a CB2, which is a younger and hipper version of it’s parent. How refreshing to find a company designing beautiful, functional products with affordable pricing.

I know a lot about glass.  That explanation is for a different time.  The Marta glass at CB2 pictured here is glorious in design and weight. Priced at only $2.00, this glass gets the Anichini ‘real deal’ vote.