Glass Houses

The perfect summer host is ready to serve mint juleps, mojitos, and merlot. Are you?

By Anna Roth December 28, 2008 Published in the July 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Oh, Behave!
European playboys and thoroughly modern hostesses need look no further than Chartreuse International for stainless-steel Alessi bar implements from Italy to complement their Beatle boots and go-go skirts. Among the choice European items displayed in the past-perfect Belltown showroom: retro cocktail shakers, femme fatale corkscrews in the shape of curvaceous babes, a futuristic-looking juicer that sits on spindly alienlike legs, and low-slung lounge chairs and statement-making end tables to go with. Bond girls not included. Chartreuse International, 2609 First Ave, Belltown, 206-328-4844;


Old Fashioned
The understated crystal barware at West Seattle’s J. F. Henry exudes elegance. On the first floor: gorgeous etched wine and martini glasses from Waterford and Lenox, and classic, lead-free Ravenscroft decanters. Ascend the grand staircase (salvaged from the original Frederick and Nelson department store downtown) and find a collection of vintage cocktail pieces that owner Tom Henry found at an estate sale, as well as all the necessaries, like muddlers, shakers, and ice buckets. J. F. Henry, 4445 California Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-935-5150;


South of the Border
Don’t drool over the handblown recycled glass your amiga brought back from Guadalajara; buy your own set from Rosanna. The locally based, globally aware tableware maven, formerly of U Village, is now online only, but her recycled and recyclable Guanajuato-sourced goblets and tumblers are sturdy enough for your next backyard barbecue—and the U.S. Postal Service. In five styles from cobalt Beach Cottage Glass to butterfly-etched Madre Terra, you’ll feel extra fine as you mix your next margarita. Rosanna, 206-204-0588;


In Crowd
You’re always on the VIP list and your Pioneer Square loft is the after-hours spot, so you’ll appreciate the milky-white handblown, house-designed Balto glasses at Ligne Roset, the French furniture and design shop. The opaque, nearly luminescent line of wine goblets, tumblers, and sherry and champagne glasses will have your guests guessing that white’s the new clear. But clear’s still cool too; check out the fashion-forward, delicately off-kilter transparent decanters and serving trays. Ligne Roset, 55 University St, Downtown, 206-341-9990;


Suburban Safari
Take a walk on the wild side with eco-friendly stemware from Roost, a California home-furnishing company. With Dwell magazine readers and design junkies in mind, Kirkland’s Koap Home stocks Ibex, its line of wine, champagne, martini, and cocktail glasses. The sturdy shape of these beauties incorporates a hand-cut, ridged stem that’s reminiscent of the curved horns of the wild mountain goat for which the pieces are named. If your home is as imaginative and eclectic as Koap’s, it’s a look you’ll drink to. Koap Home, 116 Central Way, Kirkland, 425-822-2003;

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