At some point, perhaps during the end of the 80s gross excess and impossibly high interest rates, celebrating with special glassware became too much work, or at least just not worth the effort. The crystal of our grandparents’ generation got packed away. New Year’s was toasted with regular stemmed champagne glasses — or beer cans. Crystal was just not part of the party.
With the resurgence of scaled back elegance that is visible in the mad collecting and displaying of mid century modern furniture and accessories, crystal is a perfect fit for this new mixed era of high end with relaxed design.