Duralex Gigogne Tumbler

$ 18.00
PRODUCT DETAILS

The word gigogne is an old and little-used French adjective meaning nested (or stackable), which perfectly describes the Gigogne tumblers. First manufactured in 1946, these tumblers were popular for use in school lunch service. For its exceptional design, the Gigogne tumbler earned a permanent place at the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris, France. The durability of the tempered glasses makes them ideal for everyday use. The tumblers are suitable for hot or cold drinks and are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Made in France.

SPECIFICATIONS

Sold in sets of six glasses. Available in 5.5 oz or 7.5 oz formats.

WHY WE LOVE THIS

At one time the robust – almost unbreakable – Duralex "Gigogne", could be found in every French café, school dining hall or factory cafeteria. The tumblers were exhibited in art museums; and they were the subject of countless essays on the principles (and merit) of simple, satisfying, functional design.

For many in France, The Duralex name has been imprinted on their minds from the day that they learned to read. For decades, a simple game has been played in French school cafeterias: each child at the table would read out the serial number stamped with the Duralex logo on the bottom of their glass. The number – ranging from 1 to 48 – became that child's "age" for that lunchtime. The "youngest" assumed the responsibility of procuring and serving the water for the rest of the table. The "eldest" often had the task of cleaning up.

Duralex has been manufacturing glassware and tabletop products in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin (France) for over 65 years. In 1939, the Duralex brand was purchased by Saint-Gobain, who had recently introduced their process of tempering molded glass to the market. Since that time, the very name "Duralex" has been synonymous with "toughened" glassware fabricated utilizing their proprietary process. "Toughening" glass is accomplished by heating glass beyond its annealing point. Annealing is the process of cooling recently formed glass at a slow rate to relieve internal stresses created during the forming process. By heating the annealed glass to approximately 720º Celsius and then cooling it rapidly, the end result is a substance four to six times stronger than conventional glass. Tempered glass is particularly effective for use in microwave ovens and it is used frequently in applications where safety is an issue as tempered glass will break into large chunks if shattered as opposed to sharp, jagged pieces. Injuries are less likely and cleaning up considerably easier.

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