Wednesday, April 01, 2015
If I were more of a minimalist, I would jettison the majority of my glassware and just use my Picardie glasses for every meal. Manufactured in France by Duralex, the tempered glass cups are practically unbreakable--seriously, let one fall on the floor, you'd be hard-pressed to shatter or chip these extra-tough glasses. Their durability and their timeless design are why they can be found in practically every cafe in France and in many French restaurants stateside. They are also apparently popular around the globe; an article in The Independent reveals that the Duralex's largest export market is Afghanistan where it is the default tea glass! (Because they are made from tempered glass, they can hold hot liquids.) In addition to their good looks and durability, these glasses are great for anyone with limited cabinet space, as they stack easily. And since they last forever and are made a recyclable material, they're also an ecological choice.
I grew up with Picardie tumblers, and in the past two years, I've collected a large trove of them at thrift stores and yard sales for my own house. Little by little, I find that we use nothing else. I've also owned Duralex's Gigone tumbler, but I prefer the look of the Picardie and the variety of sizes that are available.
You can buy Picardie tumblers directly from Duralex or through Amazon.com, but curiously, World Market seems to have the best prices online (however, they do not sell the 16 oz. version).
Photos: Quitokeeto (top) and Williams-Sonoma (bottom).