DuralexGigogne tumblr (1946)
Founded in 1945 as registered trademark of Saint-Gobain (established 1665), a pioneer in the tempered glass technology, Duralex is a French glass tableware and kitchenware manufacturer located in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in Loiret. Using a technique where molded glass is heated to 600 degrees Celsius, then cooled very quickly, Duralex glass has an impact resistance twice superior to normal glass.
The first tableware item sold by Duralex was the Gigogne tumbler, launched in 1946. It passed from school canteens to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, and recently made its appearance at the shop of the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York. These simple, understated glasses are meant to be stackable and easily stored. It has been a standard for French mothers who covet glassware that is easily handled, shatterproof, and dishwasher safe. In other words: the Gigogone tumbler is meant to be child proof and low care.
Another timeless classic is the Picardie tumbler, a true emblem of French style, which will also feature on Wikiconic.
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