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Object Lessons: Iconic Cafe Ware from Duralex

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 01, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Megan Wilson last modified Jun 30, 2015

We barely need say that Duralex tumblers are made in France, so closely are they associated with café au lait, beret-wearing school children, baguettes, and vin de table.  Duralex emerged during World War II and developed molded tempered glass in its factory near Orléans. Fired using extreme heat followed by a rapid cooling system, this glass is virtually unbreakable, which has made it indispensable to this day in cafes, school lunchrooms, and kitchens in France and around the world. Five to Buy Above: The Picardie tumbler is named after the region of Picardie (also known as Picardy), famous for its Gothic cathedrals. The arch-shaped edges also take inspiration from 18th-century French crystal, and provide a good grip for finger and thumb. A set of six Picardie Tumblers , 5.4 oz each, is $20.50 from Duralex USA. Other sizes and colors also available. Also see the Picardie selection at World Market. Photograph via Quitokeeto . Above: Ideal for baking, mixing, and storing,  Lys Nesting Bowls  have a lipped ridge at the top for easy unstacking. A 10-piece set of the bowls, from 1 ounce to 3 1/2 quart size,  is $39.95 at Sur la Table. Photograph via Food52 . Above: Duralex tempered glassware is strong enough to hold hot coffee and also works well for wine. A set of six  Small Gigogne Tumblers , 3.25 oz each, is $21.50 at Elsie Green. Other sizes also available. Above: The minimalist  Chopes Unie Glass  holds 220 milliliters and is $7 NZD ($4.80 USD) each at Father Rabbit in Auckland, New Zealand. Duralex USA offers Chopes Unie Tumblers in a range of sizes, starting at $18 for a set of six. Above: Gigogne Mug and Saucers are $20.95 for a set of six from Dinnerware Depot. The complete range of  Duralex  glassware is available at Duralex USA. For more of our affordable favorites, see our 10 Easy Pieces posts on  Basic Drinking Glasses  and Everyday Wine Glasses . Last week we presented 12 Summer Tabletop Finds for Under $25 . Object Lessons  columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of  Ancient Industries  and curator of the Remodelista 100 presented in the  Remodelista book . Have a look at her past lessons on the California Colors of Bauer Pottery  and Kaj Franck's Teema Dinnerware .  We featured her Connecticut shop in our post   Purveyor of the Practical and the Timeless . This post is an update; it originally appeared on July 15, 2014, as part of our Bastille Day issue. More Stories from Remodelista A Country House Reinvented by Jersey Ice Cream Co. Current Obsessions: Summer Still Life Summery Ceramics from an Avid Gardener




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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