6 Duralex Picardie
£4.50 – £13.50
Boxes of 6 of these classic tumblers. First designed in 1927 and produced since 1945 using Saint-Gobain's patented glass tempering method, during which each glass is heated to about 700°C and cooled rapidly in blasts of cold air. With a curving, tapering, nonagonal shape, formed to mimic the space inside a lightly closed fist the Picardie has been much copied, but never it seems improved, perhaps because they imitate the form without understanding its purpose. The Picardie is equally at home filled with iced pastis or tannic vin-de-table in the cafés and bistrots of France, water in countless school canteens, juice on the worlds breakfast tables, or hot black Afghan tea in the chaikhana of the Hindu Kush. Once again manufactured (despite several brushes with extinction) by Duralex International at La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in the heart of France. Available in all 8 sizes: 9cl, 13cl, 16cl, 22cl, 25cl, 31cl, 36cl, and 50cl - all supplied in boxes of 6.