Lobmeyr/Austria The MOMA in New York collects it, Alain Ducasse serves it, the best designers create it, and people all over the world treasure it every day: glassware made by Vienna manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr sparks universal fascination. Lobmeyr chandeliers grace private living spaces, opera houses, consulates, palaces, and mosques from Mecca to Medina. The company, and its store on the historic Kärntner Straße in Vienna, has been owner-operated for six generations. Founded in 1823, it celebrates 190 years of successful business this year. Before being sold, Lobmeyr glassware has gone through at least 24 pairs of hands and four separate quality controls, the last of which is always by a member of the family. It’s the little differences that make Lobmeyr glassware what it is and inspire Lobmeyr fans all over the world. The mastery of Lobmeyr glassblowers can be seen, for example, in their crafting of thinly delicate muslin glass. Less than a millimeter thick, it creates an incomparably fine connection between mouth, glass, and drink – a sensual experience that “changes one’s behavior”.