Champagne Flute Redesign by Claesson Koivisto Rune Designs + Richard Juhlin World’s #1 Champagne Expert a Triumph

Richard Juhlin using optimum glass

Italesse introduces the optimum Champagne glass, the result of a joint effort between designers Claesson Koivisto Rune and world’s No. 1 Champagne expert Richard Juhlin.

Richard Juhlin Optimum

WORLD LAUNCH: A world launch takes place in Tokyo on October 31st, at ‘Valve at 81’. The European launch will take place at famous Chateau Les Crayères in Reims, Champagne, on November 20th.

1.Richard_Juhlin_Optimum_hand_sketchThe ‘Richard Juhlin Optimum’ glass for drinking Champagne has been refined to perfection to bring out the best of any Champagne.

In a process lasting over three years, Mr. Juhlin has tested the glass in all its prototype stages. Each time, with at least ten mouthblown glasses and between four and six different types of Champagne. The designers, Claesson Koivisto Rune, are responsible for the overall design of the glass, synthesising Mr. Juhlins exact measurement instructions together with other factors, such as the poise, proportioning and overall sculptural character of the glass. The ‘Richard Juhlin Optimum’ Champagne glass is uncompromising in its visual and tactile pleasure.

The Result is Excellence in Quality & Performance

The final result, exact to the increments of degrees and millimetres, is a uniquely thin and slender, machine-made glass which ensures quality and performance consistency. Furthermore, the manufacturing process enables the glass to be priced at a level that allows you to throw the glass over your shoulder without a great deal of remorse the next morning!

As final proof of the optimum conditions that the glass creates, the Richard Juhlin glass is available with the ‘Juhlin Line‘, traced around the bowl of the glass, indicating the exact level to fill the glass to in order to experience Champagne at its purest form.

Richard Juhlin Optimum Champagne Flutes

Behind the Scenes: Claesson Koivisto Rune Designers At Work


RICHARD JUHLIN OPTIMUM Champagne glass from claessonkoivistorune on Vimeo.

The Richard Juhlin champagne glass design process

 About Richard Juhlin

Richard Juhlin is recognised as the No.1 Champagne expert in the world. He has one of the best noses in the world and the extraordinary ability to evaluate and categorize aromas and tastes. He holds the World Record in tasted Champagnes since 1998 and has currently tasted more than 8.500 different Champagnes. He has been knighted in Champagne (Chevalier del Arc, 1997) and he has received the Merit de Agricole (2002), both awarded by the French Ministry of Agriculture.

In Paris in 2003, when Richard Juhlin was invited for the annual blind-tasting by Spectacle du Monde, he pinpointed the exact producer, brand and year of 43 out of the 50 Champagnes on the table. Of the seven Champagnes that had escaped him he did identify the correct year. The runner up, a former sommelier world champion, managed to correctly identify a total of four out of the 50 Champagnes.

Three years later, Richard Juhlin was challenged again in the same forum. The format this time was a duel, against another sommelier world champion, and the task at hand was to identify as many as possible among 20 rosé Champagnes. The opponent identified three champagnes, while Richard Juhlin pinpointed all 20. Since then, he feels he no longer has anything to prove in this particular genre.

Since 1995, Richard Juhlin has published seven books on Champagne. The latest “A Scent of Champagne”, contains descriptions of 8000 tasted and rated Champagnes as well as a catalogue presenting and ranking the district of Champagne’s producers and Champagne houses. In 2001, 2004, 2013 and 2014 his books have received the “Best Book on French Wines in the World” award.

In 2014, Richard Juhlin was awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur in the rank of ‘chevalier’, for his efforts to promote Champagne. Generally, the Legion d’Honneur is only awarded to French nationals, although an exception was made for Richard Juhlin.

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About Claesson Koivisto Rune

Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. Project categories include buildings, hotels, homes, shops, offices, exhibitions, kitchens, sanitary ware, tableware, glassware, furniture, textiles, tiles, lighting, electronics, candy and even a trophy (the Swedish TV-prize Kristallen).

Projects stretch to all major continents of the world. As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-winning projects such as the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House private villa on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.

Products have been designed for more than 80 international manufacturing companies including Arflex, Asplund, Blueair, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, Casamania, David design, Discipline, Dune NY, Fontana Arte, Italesse, Kasthall, Living Divani, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Petite Friture, Swedese, Tacchini and Wästberg.

For their work they have received more than 60 awards, including the Designer of the Year and the Best Seating 2014 by Elle Décor Italia, Designer of the Year 2011 and Furniture of the Year 2012 by Elle Deco (Sweden), Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, German Design Award (Gold and Silver) 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany, Good Design Award USA, IF Product Design Award, Good Design Award Japan, Design S and the Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2014, making them the first office to hold a Red Dot in five different product categories. [/right]

Claesson Koivisto Rune have written, lectured and taught internationally. A large number of portraits and feature articles have been published by architectural, design and general press including, Abitare, Architecture & Urbanism, Domus, Interni, The New York Times, Surface, Vogue and Wallpaper. To date, 12 books have been published focusing solely on the work of Claesson Koivisto Rune.

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