What is Ideal?

Ideal is a carefully curated shop composed of unique, design-conscious gifts and accessories. The objects we choose are creative, authentic, and refined. They are inspired by the vision of talented artists and designers from around the world.

Our store was formed with our own ideal in mind: that shopping should always be a personal and thoughtful experience.

Enjoy our blog and please come visit our shop in beautiful, downtown Bellingham. If you can't make it in, we take orders over the phone - just call (360-752-5522) or e-mail info@anidealshop.com.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Teroforma - Norwalk, CT

Anna and Andrew Hellman of Teroforma set out to make thoughtfully designed objects for the table by orchestrating collaborations between a new generation of designers and some of the world's finest artisan-manufacturers. To date, they have created collaborations between 22 designers and artisans representing 14 different countries, 13 different languages, and 12 different time zones.

Featured Objects:

Set of Eight Whiskey Stones

Designer: Andrew Hellman, United States
Dimensions: 7/8"
Material: Soapstone
Price: $16.50, set of eight stones

As Teroforma co-founder Andrew Hellman points out, "some drinks need no diluting." Working with Vermont Soapstone (USA), Whiskey Stones are the perfect way to chill your next single malt just a touch without watering things down.

Avva Lens Tumbler

Designer: Thea Mehl, Norway; mouthblown in Czech Republic
Dimensions: 2-1/2" tall; 8 fl. oz.
Material: mouthblown non-lead crystal. Dishwasher safe.
Price:$25.00 each

The wide mouth and short profile make the Avva perfect for small quantities of high-quality whiskey. Polished by hand using a Japanese optical lens compound.

Oyyo Small Tumbler

Designer: Jan Knotec, Czech Republic
Dimensions: 3-1/2" tall: 10 fl. oz.
Material: mouthblown non-lead crystal. Dishwasher safe.
Price: $25.00 each

Subtle curves and flow in mouthblown, non-lead crystal. Made using traditional techniques without relying on lead - a small concession for the environment for a more considerate result. Dishwasher safe.