Smoking connoisseurs know that nothing is better than glass. Design connoisseurs who smoke know that nothing, traditionally, is less easy on the eyes. And so when we at Tetra noticed a distinct lack of glass pipes you'd be proud to display at home, we knew there was only one solution: We'd make our own. To help design it, we turned to Jamie Wolfond, founder of the Brooklyn design brand Good Thing.
The result is named the Balance Pipe for a number of reasons. The asymmetrical silhouette with its slender stem — which makes the carb an integral element, rather than an afterthought — balances perfectly on a tabletop. And the size, proportions, and weight have been meticulously calibrated to maximize the pleasure of holding it in your hand. The lightweight, lab-quality borosilicate glass does not conduct heat, resulting in a cooler, smoother smoke.
To debut the pipe, we teamed up with Opening Ceremony — always the first with what's new and innovative. OC will sell it in its New York and Los Angeles stores, marking the first time the fashion retailer has offered a smoking pipe. (And, we think, a sure sign that the ritual is a lot more stylish, and socially acceptable, than it used to be.) The Balance Pipe is also available to purchase online at shop-tetra.com.
At $65, it's an essential addition to any smoker's repertoire, and an elegant presence on your coffee table, desk, or shelf.
Photos by Gaea Woods