Inspired by the shape of the little Ancient Greek urns used for oils and unguents, the Askos jug was designed by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1986. It stands out for the contrast between the roundness of the continuous surfaces on the lower and more capacious part and the clean oblique cut at the end of the arched handle.
A graceful yet complex product made entirely by hand in mouth-blown glass that has subsequently been acid-etched, a process that requires all the expertise of the master glassmakers.
The Askos jug is notable for its sculpted appearance, accentuated by the satin and acid-etched finish of its curved surfaces. The base and the top edge of the glass meanwhile have a transparent finish to create a contrast between the glossy and matt surfaces. Thanks to the ergonomic handle the jug is safe and easy to use. The bottom of the jug bears the Poltrona Frau logo, made from sand, and the signature of Angelo Mangiarotti. The Askos jug has been produced exclusively for Poltrona Frau since 2018.
Italian architect, sculptor, and designer Angelo Mangiarotti was born in Milan in 1921. Mangiarotti is quoted to have said, ”Happiness comes from honesty”. A quote that hints to his over all design approach that was rooted in the firm belief that architecture was a practical discipline – and that industrial design was an expression of fine craftsmanship. He wanted each individual material to be respected and to be used in an appropriate and honest way. Beyond his many architectural feats, Mangiarotti’s work includes a wide array of creative projects ranging from sculptures, to products and lamps. Over the course of his career, he held lecturing positions at a number of distinguished design and architecture schools in Italy and abroad, he won numerous awards in both design and architecture, and his work has been featured in many exhibitions worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Triennale Design Museum in Milan, and Gallery MA in Tokyo.