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Simon Pearce: Design for Living


By Glenn Suokko

Foreword by Simon Pearce

Contribution by Margaret Downes

Presents over four decades of work by the legendary glassmaker Simon Pearce. In the early 1970s, Pearce was captivated by the beauty and luminosity of Georgian glass, and has since devoted himself to revitalizing the ancient craft of glassblowing for contemporary tastes. His distinctive line of handmade lead-free crystal glassware—stemware, vases, candleholders, and bowls—makes everyday dwelling an experience of refinement and unparalleled design. This inspiring volume opens with an account of Simon Pearce’s youth in rural Ireland, which had a profound effect on his creative spirit, and his pivotal move to create an innovative workshop in Vermont. Showcased are his iconic pieces, photographed individually, in inspiring tablesettings, and as vignettes. Profiles of the work of the potters, glassmakers, and artisans that he turns to for inspiration complete this beautiful book, which will be valued by fans of artisanal design.

Rizzoli International Publications, New York

288 pages, hardcover with jacket, 9 x 11 inches, 350 color photographs


Glenn Suokko is a graphic designer and a photographer. He co-authored A Way of Living with Pia and Simon Pearce, and has served as a creative director for Simon Pearce, Ltd. He is the author of Shelburne Farms: House, Garden, Farm, and Barns, and is currently the creative director for Valise Print Artisans.

World-renowned glassmaker Simon Pearce is a manufacturer of high quality, elegant glassware with distinctive simplicity. Pearce opened his glass business in Ireland in 1971 and relocated to Quechee, Vermont, in 1980, where he opened his first retail stores, as well as the popular Simon Pearce Restaurant.

Margaret Downes helped establish Ireland’s Kilkenny Design Workshops in the late 1960s.

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