Orient 499 Spiral Neck Blown Glass Decanter
Creative Director: Madeline Weinrib
Materials: Hand blown recycled glass
Dimensions: 10 x 4 in
Origin: Made in Lebanon
Care: Hand wash
This Orient 499–designed blown glass decanter provides a modern interpretation of a globular glass bottle (19th century) in The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. Though attributed to Qajar-period Iran, the vessel’s curvaceous silhouette echoes older pieces from the early Islamic period in Egypt and Syria, exemplifying one of the many timeless forms that unite Islamic art.
Lebanese brand Orient 499 proves that luxury can be sustainable and sustainability can be luxurious. Founded in 2006 by Frank Luca and Aida Kawas, Orient 499 employs a fleet of Lebanese artisans—from woodworkers to embroiderers, glassmakers to couturiers—to create home decor, clothing, and accessories that are equal parts gorgeous, ethical, and “perfectly imperfect.” In promoting the art of handcrafting, Orient 499 is helping to preserve precious Lebanese design traditions.
This item was created for the Heirloom Project. Led by designer Madeline Weinrib, this initiative seeks engagement with global artisans who pursue historic techniques and design principles to help preserve traditional craftsmanship.