Steuben's Centennial

The Airtrap decanter and glasses

If the Airtrap decanter and cordial glasses evoke the modernist glitter of a Manhattan skyscraper—sleek elegance with a core of muscle—the effect is intentional. Designed for Steuben by Donald Pollard in 1953, this glassware epitomizes the laconic glamour that was the company's hallmark during the mid-20th century. As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Steuben is reintroducing Pollard's soigné decanter and glasses this fall along with other classic designs from the period in their signature gray linen boxes. Completing the centennial year, The Museum of the City of New York is mounting a major exhibition, Glass and Glamour: Steuben's Modern Moment, 1930-1960 (November 7, 2003-April 25, 2004), which focuses on the era when this country's only maker of luxury crystal was also a design innovator.

Steuben Glass: Airtrap decanter, $645; cordial glasses, $75 each; 800-783-8236;