Classic Duralex Picardie tumblers, the quintessential French bistro glass, are a new addition to the Puppet Opera kitchen, but are so gorgeous and indestructible, I don't know how we lived without them for so long. Durable and versatile, this "glass that can be used as a hammer"with its elongated tulip shape has been recognized as a design classic, and is so tough it's been used as the primary tumbler for both cold and hot drinks in households throughout France. Generations of schoolchildren used it as the water glass in school dining halls. First produced in France around 1927, the design specification has remained virtually unchanged since then.
I don't know how they're made, or why, and yes, they are beautiful and their range of sizes are very useful, but I write about them today because over the weekend Billy knocked an empty pint-sized Picardie off the mantel, and IT BOUNCED off the floor, causing exactly no damage to him or the glass.
Mothers of Britain and America, take note: this glass is childproof. Also, did I mention? They are very inexpensive. Perfect. Stock up now.