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Spotlight: Andrew O. Hughes's Polytope Ashtray

What is a polytope? As glass designer Andrew O. Hughes puts it, it's "a geometric term that begins with the extension by analogy into four or more dimensions, of the idea of a polygon and polyhedron respectively in two and three dimensions. 

The concept inspired the Polytope Ashtray he created exclusively for Tetra: a three-dimensional form made of bollicine glass. As the below video shows, its color changes as you view it from different angles or in different types of light (natural versus LED versus fluorescent), while its elegant shape has a sculptural heft. An instant conversation piece for the coffee table. 

Hughes also counts the California Light and Space sculptor DeWain Valentine among his major influences, and in the Polytope Ashtray, it shows — click here to see exactly what we mean.