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February 5, 2009

Want/Need Glass


Designed by Inna Alesina.

From the website:


Q. Why does this glass have a hole?

A. The small hole divides the volume of the glass into two parts: "need" (below the hole) and "want (above the hole).

The user would have to be careful while filling the glass and cover the hole with his/her thumb while drinking, thus one could put a stop to waste (in the global sense) with one's hands.

Each 16 oz. glass is hand-finished, numbered and signed.



"Alesina Design, Inc. shall not be held responsible for ruined clothes as a result of misuse of this product."


[via Ashley Simko's blog]

February 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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when i was a kid i had a glass just like this one. it was called a dribble glass

Posted by: rob | Feb 5, 2009 9:28:32 PM

The question is, does anyone "need" this glass? Or is it just a "want"?

Posted by: Randee | Feb 5, 2009 6:07:36 PM

You must be reading a lot into this glass if you think that it implies totalitarianism in any way, shape, or form. According to Aristotle, once your needs are met you should carefully examine your wants so that you can live the best life possible. As in I want to buy this glass but I don't need it and it won't improve my life.

Posted by: Ken | Feb 5, 2009 2:05:16 PM

This is assuming that it is somehow "wasteful" to fulfill your "wants". It implies that it is somehow moral to keep yourself at a needs-based existence only. Using the word "global" implies that if you don't keep yourself at a needs-only existence, then other people in the world suffer. This is untrue, and in a larger sense, there are those with this mentality that try to legislate and control the populace to ensure that they are at a needs-only existence, supposedly for the better good of the "world". (Think of Great Britain and their laws.) This is nothing but totalitarianism with different window-dressing.

Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Feb 5, 2009 12:38:19 PM

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