Human Heart Carafe

Drawing on the design world’s current fascination with anatomy, the Cuore (Heart) carafe presents a beautiful, if not slightly unsettling, view of the fragility of the human body. The piece, designed by Liviana Osti, is composed of two carafes nestled in the form of a human heart. It is a reminder that one should drink as much water as wine.

Osti designed the piece as a response to a challenge given by Milan showroom Paolo C. to students (herself included) at Bolzano University. The directive was to design a tableware collection, which the company subsequently produced, centered on themes relating to eating habits, food, and health.

Made from transparent blown borosilicate glass (more popularly known as Pyrex).

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.