A design object by Harry Allen

Harry Allen Design’s new coin jar for Steuben solves an age old problem with casual style. The glass jar, with a funnel stopper, accepts loose coins easily – just empty your pockets and dump them in. The decorative words mark the accumulation of wealth on a scale from “Penniless” to “Filthy-Rich”  A Penny Saved is the second in a series of “coin management” vessels Harry Allen has developed for Steuben.

Glass jar called a penny saved

Steuben asked me for a suite of objects to hold loose change, says Harry Allen. First I gave them a glass Piggy Bank, the second product in the series is this change jar, and a change dish is soon to be launched. As I always do, I was thinking practically about the problem at hand. I want these products to be striking, but also to fit casually into peoples lives. The funnel on A Penny Saved is very easy to use – easy to get the money in and easy to get it out.

A penny saved by designer Harry Allen

In addition, for me, it has a nice design integrity, Harry Allen continues. It is a riff on a traditional glass decanter form – the stopper becomes a funnel to accept money. In addition, I often work with text as decoration and it turned out to be fun on this project. Steuben is known for its collectibles and engraving, so we used their traditional script typeface in a humorous way – the words form a slang scale that measures one’s wealth in a  very tongue-in-cheek way:
Filthy-Rich
Well-to-Do
Loaded
Well-Off
Affluent
Miserly
Bougeois
Middle Class
Comfortable
Breakeven
Necessitous
Impoverished
Indigent
Needy
Strapped
Hard-up
Destitute
Penniless