October 23 2009
Lucia van der Post
Carl Rotter’s jewel-coloured water glasses are to be found on the classiest of dining tables, but they don’t come cheap – £70-£80 a throw for the standard size. Ben Pentreath, an architect-cum-shopkeeper, has a small, idiosyncratic shop in London’s Bloomsbury where he seems to have a knack of finding the small things that couldn’t be said to be essential for survival but which nevertheless add charm to life’s daily round. Take the matter of water glasses. He sells a set of six water glasses (pictured), in a deep ruby red, black or purple, which sport very classic cut-glass patterns, for just £50.