We are ecstatic; we found an inexpensive source of the French classic tempered glass Duralex tumblers in their original pattern: the Picardie.
First, some background. Duralex is a French company that has been making these glass tumblers for a long time. They are the iconic glass of French cafés and bistros, and they have been used for years in school cafeterias in France. You can read more about their French connotations at Chocolate & Zucchini.
They are made of tempered glass and so they are very difficult to break. They are also good for both hot and cold drinks; the smallest ones are perfect for an espresso with a dollop of steamed milk; the medium sizes are just right for a cocktail or bedtime glass of water; and the largest size hold an entire can of soda water. They have a vintage charm but a practical durability. We love them.
The problem? The Duralex company went into bankruptcy this spring. All the usual sources - Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, and this importer, Le-Tom, stopped carrying them. They seemed only available through restaurant distributors in Australia - none of whom would return our hopeful emails.
How sad! Just when we were getting ready to order enough to stock our cupboards for the next ten years. We even checked eBay, but sets of six Picardie glasses were going for over $50! No thanks - part of the charm of these glasses is their economy.
And then we came across these Picardie tumblers at the World Market website. Hmm... they don't say Duralex, but we needed glasses and decided to compromise and buy what we assumed was a knockoff. Would they be as strong and as classic as the original Duralex Picardie? Probably not, but oh well.
Well, imagine our delight when we received our big box of carefully wrapped glasses and tore into them to discover a tiny "Duralex" stamp on the bottom of each! Hurray! These are the real deal, and priced very reasonably too. We say get them while you can; we are not sure if they are still in production. Duralex may switch the pattern over to their new, not-as-classic, stacking glasses.
• Buy Duralex Picardie Glasses at World Market. Prices range from $5.96 for a set of 4 7.75 ounce glasses, to $13.96 for a set of 17.75 oz.
Edited To Add:
Also see the Picardie tumblers at Design Within Reach; they are available there, at least for now. It looks like they aren't available to ship until early May, however.
• Small Picardie Tumblers, 6 for $21.25
• Large Picardie Tumblers, 6 for $21.25
Also see our sister home sites waxing rhapsodic about these glasses here:
• Best Products: Duralex Picardie Glasses at AT:SF
• Duralex Glasses at AT: New York
• Top 10 Glasses at AT:SF
(Images: Faith Hopler and World Market)