Cut crystal with contemporary cachet J Hill’s Standard brings modern design and age-old know-how to tableware collections and bespoke projects

“Our bespoke pieces allow us to experiment further with both the process and the material,” explains Tyrrell. “We’ve just made a series of glasses replicating the six-way weave of rattan furniture in unpolished glass. The cut is complex but the effect is quite stunning.” With only a few crystal-glass blowers and cutters left in Ireland, these master craftsmen are an invaluable part of the design process, bringing with them an archive of “making memories”. Take another bespoke commission with a complicated etched design that took 80 minutes to complete on each glass; it was the maker’s knowledge of etching Christmas decorations several decades ago that enabled the avant-garde design (from €3,000 for a set of 12 glasses). And it’s not just tableware: recent projects with interior designers and architects include panels for cabinetry and light installations by Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken – the latter presented in the grand surrounds of Palazzo Litta during Salone del Mobile in Milan 2016. Read More