The Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition, now in its eighth year, has once again invited young designers from around the world to design the perfect martini glass. Inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s heritage and the particular rituals of martini drinking, the winner will be announced at this year’s London Design Festival after careful rumination (this of course includes testing) by an esteemed group of judges, including our very own Editor-at-Large, Suzanne Trocmé.

All the finalists, including the winning designs from the last 8 years, will be on show at the Bombay Sapphire Blue Room on Stoney Street in London’s Borough Market for the duration of the festival.


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See the winners from previous years

In good democratic spirit though, you also have a chance to cast your vote for your favourite glass of the finalists, which will be awarded "The People’s Prize" and the designer will receive a share if the £10,000 prize fund.

By way of thanks, the good people at Bombay Sapphire have set aside five packs exclusively for readers.

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Each pack contains a ’Perfectly Balanced’ Martini glass by Tom Dixon designed as part of Bombay Sapphire’s special commission of the world’s leading designers, which have previously included Marcel Wanders and Patricia Urquiola. The glasses (above), which are currently starring in Bombay Sapphire’s global advertising campaign, are not actually for sale and come with a book that charts the evolution of the martini cocktail and a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin.

Details of how to enter the draw will be revealed in this week’s newsletter for your chance to win (and if you haven’t already) simply sign up below.