OPINION

Duralex Glasses

Reasons to buy some

"Non-poncey wine glasses please. Duralex glasses are a design classic. I like drinking wine, but even in San Francisco, friends sneer at me if I don't order a man's drink. I think the real problem isn't the drink, it's the glass. I hate wine glasses. The solution would be if wine in bars were served in sturdy Duralex tumblers." (David Galbraith)

"I am serving it this evening in Duralex glasses. Typical of rustic French bars and cafes, drinking red wine out of those is a grass root experience in itself. But these ubiquitous glasses are multi purpose, and using them as salad bowls is only natural." (Bleu Acier)

"... only one person in our dinner foursome actually received the genuine vintage style as pictured on the menu back, and boy did she feel special. Another member of our party was inspired to spontaneously douse my wife's hand with water... Oy, things get wild and crazy at Bistro Maxine." (Consuming Ambitions)

"The great thing about the Duralex glass is the fact it is anti-establishment. It was also a useful non-wine glass to have in the line-up to keep the other bits of stemware honest." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"I started thinking about this years ago when I actually only owned six Duralex glasses (and six wine glasses). So except when I was drinking wine, I pretty much drank everything from the Duralex glasses. I got to thinking about how the position of my hand changed as a glass of coffee cooled, moving from a slightly awkward fingers and thumb grip on the flat upper section near the lip of the glass to a full fisted grip around vertical ridges." (Craft Australia)

"I used our Duralex glasses which I like so much... but their particular charm stems from the fact that they are the typical glass you get at school cafeterias in France. They also happen to be a very important vector of social structure among kids: each glass has a number engraved at the bottom, and the one you get leads to endless interpretations and conclusions." (Chocolate and Zucchini)

"Proof of age through duralex drinking glasses. Duralex glass tumblers were widely used in UK Schools, so you could enjoy a glass of warm tap water with your school dinner. At the bottom of the glass could be found the word DURALEX, which is mysterious to a child because it has an "X" in it. More importantly, there was a number at the bottom of the glass. This number was, quite simply, your age - for that dinner hour anyway." (The Law of the Playground)

"The stock [at the New York Conran Shop] is well edited. Indeed, Mr. Conran has the final word on every item for sale. There is a creative balance between the humble and the highbrow, between the Duralex Picardie French bistro drinking glasses and a Creazioni postmodern interpretation of a Louis XVI-style chest lacquered in brash orange." (New York Times, August 31, 2006 - nytimes.com 'Critical Shopper' by Elizabeth Hayt.)

"I love Duralex glasses, they are good-looking, feel good and don't break for *years*. We're finally down to our last few and I like them so much that I went through hell ordering them online (village kitchen is only US distributor I could find) - they make you fill out a form and then call them! Sigh." (Human Factors)

"The Duralex, which I first experienced in a Brasserie in a town somewhere in France when I was tres younger than I am now, had its own special cachet and seemed adequate for most of my normal consumption at dinner. It was easy to hold, nearly unbreakable, fit easily in the dishwasher, stacked easily for storage and most importantly, did an excellent job of keeping the wine up off the table top." (The Ross Valley Winery)

"My family had tons of these glass tumblers in various sizes, and they remain some of the most durable glasses I have ever come across. More than once, I have dropped one on the floor and watched it practically bounce and come up unscathed." (The Cultured Girl)

"The Duralex tumbler is as magical as a mundane object can get. I love mine like I love my special teaspoon." (newyorkette)

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