Claus Josef Riedel (9th)

Claus Josef Riedel (1925-2004) had a vision. He changed stemware from traditional colored and cut glass to plain, unadorned, thin blown, long stemmed wine glasses. He gained immediate recognition from sophisticated customers and museums. Many design awards signalled that a new era had begun. Museums bought pieces for their exhibition, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which today still has Riedel in its permanent collection. Based on his unique designs, Claus Riedel was the first in history to recognize the effect of shapes on the perception of alcoholic beverages. His work has influenced and changed the appearance of stemware forever. His masterpiece "Sommeliers" was introduced in Orvieto, in 1973, the first ever stemware line to be based on the character of wine.