Here's to Crystalline
In a corner of our headquarters for design, amidst shelves bursting with glassware prototypes, competitor products, and pieces from our own range, a triumphantly sweet tone rings out. It's the resonating sound of crystalline wine glasses clinking in celebration. "It speaks for itself," laughs Misco Veselinovic over the singing note. As a glass expert, Misco helped create DYRGRIP—a crystalline glassware collection. And there are many reasons to celebrate that, beyond the sweet sound.
Traditional crystal has been highly desired for generations because of its brilliance, quality, and—not least of all—the sounds it can produce when coerced with a clink or caress. But, traditional crystal is made by adding lead to glass, a metal that's proven to be both unhealthy and unsustainable. We're firmly committed to keeping lead out of all IKEA products. With crystalline, we can offer a completely lead-free collection of high-quality glassware with many of the same characteristics as crystal.
Offering quality alternatives
"Crystalline offers a brilliance and clarity that's similar to traditional crystal but is free from lead," explains Misco. "And, of course, the nice sound is there too." Part of Misco's job is to ensure our products meet or exceed all the safety and quality regulations put in place by different countries and organizations. "We take the toughest regulation we can find globally and we use that for our products," says Misco. "It's the same when it comes to strength and durability. We always look for the strictest standards and those are the ones we try to meet." Crystalline is a particularly resilient type of glass. It's more resistant to breaks than other glass types, stands up to industrial dishwasher tests, and maintains its brilliance for longer.
Raise a glass to design
Renowned Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegerd Råman has designed the DYRGRIP collection. Her prized creations are always an unassuming blending of function and beauty. "That's important for me," says Ingegerd. "It has to be a balance between function and beauty." Ingegerd is happy to explain the consideration that went into each inch of DYGRIP's design, exacting the proportions of foot, stem and bowl. She labored to create perfect harmony, but is quick to dismiss the significance of her efforts. "You don't need to know this. You should just feel it when you lift the glass," she says. Ingegerd goes on to explain that the quality of crystalline lets the best traits of what you're drinking shine through. "The drink should be the focus," she explains. "The main decoration is what you pour in the glass."