The Scoop On Iris Apfel’s Glassware Collaboration


Fashion icon Iris Apfel collaborates on a signature collection with the Istanbul glassware maker Nude.

New York’s bold, bespectacled fashion icon Iris Apfel is beloved for her instantly recognizable style. She has traveled the globe as the owner of a successful textile business, worked as an interior designer for the White House and been celebrated by The Met’s Costume Institute. Now in her 90s, Apfel has partnered with Istanbul-based glassware maker Nude to create special collections of glassware and decorative objects.

The new lines, which debuted in January at Maison & Objet in Paris, perfectly marry Nude’s “simple is beautiful” ethos with Apfel’s playful sense of pattern and color. Tomas Kral’s Beak collection of modern vessels for water or wine, for instance, got whimsical stripes in acid-bright colors.

Apfel also reimagined Ayse Birsel’s simple, multifunctional Mono Box, adding elegant patterns in contrasting hues. And fans of Apfel can pick up a pair of lead-free crystal Iris Apfel paperweights in her likeness, featuring her signature round-rimmed glasses and crimson lips.