Found: Perfectly minimalist tumblers

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These simple Mexican tumblers from Spartan Shop have a nice heft.

How many times per day do you reach for a glass? Consider how drinking glasses, in various states of fullness, tend to scatter themselves about the house, forgotten until dish time. Or how one of the first questions we ask guests is, "Can I get you something to drink?" The utility of a glass is obvious, which explains why a well-designed version — simple, functional, durable — quickly becomes a conversation piece.

We decided to take a glass-half-full approach to tracking down great tumblers and were pleasantly surprised by our finds. First up: Basic tumblers from OK — an online shop with two bricks-and-mortar locations in Los Angeles — that are microwaveable, stackable and dishwasher safe and, besides that, beautifully minimalist. Made in Italy out of tempered glass, they come in three sizes: mini (a delightfully squat variety resembling a Spanish wine glass, $4); medium ($5); and maxi ($6). They’re nice enough to keep out on a bar, shelf or hutch for ready access.

Our second pick: Simple Mexican tumblers from Spartan Shop, an Austin, Texas-based home goods store and e-commerce site. These 10-ounce glasses ($9 each) have a nice heft, as do Spartan’s actual Spanish wine glasses ($6 each). Both are ideal for entertaining — or just absent-mindedly leaving on a side table somewhere.

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