Losing Your Marbles by Charlotte Moneypenny



Graduating designer Charlotte Moneypenny has created a range of glassware with marble games built into them.


The Losing Your Marbles collection is supposed to evoke childhood memories and instill a sense of play into everyday objects.


Moneypenny graduates from Central St Martins in London this summer.


Here's some info from Moneypenny:


In today’s society of mass consumption everyday objects lack emotional attachment encouraging a throw away culture. Losing Your Marbles designed by Charlotte Moneypenny aimed to combine childhood memories and play into a product. The Losing your marbles collection uses the timeless childhood toy the cats eye marble, to encourage the user to play and explore the objects like a child would.


By using this connection to childhood a long with memorable actions which encourage the user to interact with the glasses on each use, considering the act of drinking more carefully, instilling a sense of occassion and enhancing the interaction between user and object creates an emotionally durable product which encourage a long empathetic partnership.


The Champagne Glass
The Champagne Glass is about making the adult explore and discover an object as a child would.  the marble acts like a ball in a computer mouse enabling the user to feel and discover the marble making the interact and remember the act of using this glass.


The Wine Glass
The Wine glass is about mimicking.  Children often mimic adults to an exaggerated and humorous level the action of swirling the marble around the base of the glass makes the user mimic wine tasting in a playful exaggerated way.


The Whiskey Glass
The whiskey glass is about play and encouraging the user to play with what should be a mundane object just as a child would do.  The whiskey glass has a game at the base like that of a ball bearing game encouraging the user to play with the object making the act of using it memorable.


All glasses are designed by Charlotte Moneypenny who is graduating from Central Saint Martins this summer.

Posted on Wednesday June 24th 2009 at 4:10 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • B

    way to many words for an project that simple and well..that nice..the words actually don’t add to it
    “childhood memories” should go on the “words-not-to-be-used-by-designers-when-explaining-a-project” list (next to techno craft, punk , lounge, urban,toys for adults etc…because most of the time they are an excuse .)heard it to much

  • Ralf

    I like the idea… simple and attractive.
    But please stop with al this “In today’s society of mass consumption everyday objects lack emotional attachment encouraging a throw away culture….” . Might be true, but I don’t really see the relationship here.

  • w.k.

    very similar to this piece from two years ago


  • B.S.

    A good way to spill red wine all down you….

  • quite sexual!

  • tanya telford – T

    my immediate reaction – i see the project slightly differently, but i do like these. I could easily see these being used at socially where people don’t nessarily know each other that well but want to interact & talk etc. I really like the playful aspect, it could help people to relax and, initially gives them something to talk about and also for those sometimes awkward silent moments. there is a slightly impracticable ish element, but maybe that’s part of the fun?

  • tanya telford – T

    although i would add/ask – how enviromentally friendly are they?

  • Post

    hey tanya … these are glasses, made of glass … so what exactly do you expect them to be in terms of friendlyness to the environment? does everything has to be friendly today?

  • Wadi

    very nice!
    Much better than grapping a cigarette with your nervouse fingers during a flirt.

  • FF

    I like the idea… great for dinner parties!

  • james

    Amazing glasses. Saw them at the show and on http://www.creativesupermammals.com (link found on the newspaper) and i must say: in real life they look so much better. Sadly they didn’t serve drinks out of these glasses, cos I would have loved to try the tumbler.

  • Salvadore


  • T.P.

    An amazing way to spend time with purpose in the club/bar/pub while sitting and waiting for your friends-smokers and in many other cases too. So new, so original and so simple!

  • Ashley

    Ummmm, can you buy them anywhere?! Why is it so hard to find them? Grrrrrr.