It looks like this producer of solid, practical but beautifully-designed French glassware might be up and running again. Bizarre, so many people wanted to buy this product, but the manufacturer had shut down.
I do want to ask stormporters if this is actually available in shops in France. I'm not really interested in ordering online
By the way, I tried to search for "duralex" and got no hits, though I started a thread on that bfeore.
kerouac, this website under construction is brand new as of 2010; it never turned up in my research before. I have indeed found Duralex glasses at charity shops, church and community associatin bazaars, and yard sales. But this indicates forthcoming availability of the most popular lines.
My suggestion would be to find exactly the glasses you want online, complete with the manufacturer's code and a photograph. Print that out and take it the home sections of department stores, to Pier One, to restaurant supply places, etc. Show it to the buyers and ask if they can obtain the product. It would probably be good to have some slips of paper bearing Duralex, name of the glass, and the code to give them
And maybe you could put this lady on the case. I flicked through her blog and her prices seem quite reasonable. Also, she's a real live person to whom you could actually speak: www.blogger.com/profile/15237422459587167095
Unfortunately Chef's catalog only has the larger sizes of Duralex tumblers, and I want the smaller ones (wine/juice/coffee glasses). But those are indeed the real deal. Thanks for the help. We'll get there!
I found Duralex glassware in several styles at World Market today. I bought four 8oz+ glasses in the Picardie style for $2.99 each. They are marked on the bottom with the Duralex logo and include a number. I also saw them at Williams Sonoma, but they were slightly more expensive.
World Market had a rather nice selection of styles and sizes, I thought. But what what I was really looking for, Duralex bowls, they did not have.
I found the tiny ones (9cl?) in a box like that at a household items shop here, and some of your size loose. I'm back from a work trip to Amsterdam and picked up a dozen of your guys there. Aren't they pleasant to hold? They are actually great for casual serving of wine, beer and even coffee and tea (they are heat resistant).
I bought them at the largest Dutch household stuff chain, HEMA. There is a HEMA in Paris now, by the way. Rue Rambuteau... As well as several bicycle items (lights, bell, carrier bags)...
Cristina, don't worry, the bowls are returning too. I have several of the tiny ones, used for sauces and mixing very small quantities of stuff (mise en place).
Oh, it will become banal again. I've seen them everywhere in Amsterdam at HEMA and Blokker.
There was an alternative rock evening where I was staying (the kitchen is used for catered events) and there was a whole case of those Duralex glasses, about the same size as imec's. I paid about 65 euro cents for mine there, and about one Canadian dollar here (a trifle more, but not enough to bother bringing them back).
I think the test of their quality is that they are NOT devalued by ubiquity.
casimira, when a cat wants your attention, it's supposed to be immediate. Cats demand prompt service! One of our cats used to knock a book or my eyeglasses to the floor when I didn't wake up at his time. And the sullen look om his face was priceless.
Most Duralex glasses can be dropped on the floor, even if it is concrete, without shattering. But when they do shatter, just like Pyrex and other such types of glass, they disintegrate into countless small pieces just like any tempered glass. That is why they were always the most popular in schools and all sorts of other cafeterias such as company canteens -- because usually they don't break when dropped, but if they do, the pieces are not dangerous to children or adults.
I worked in a 400 bed hospital which had terrazzo floors. All the tumblers were Duralex and, as expected, many fell off bed-tables or dropped onto the floor. Most time they bounced and seemed to gain energy by bouncing higher than you'd be expecting. By the time the tumbler touched the floor again it felt normal. If the tumbler did hit the floor it exploded with a loud bang...far more noise than a china cup produces. The shattered remains would cover a wide area...several metres if not obstructed but, as Kerouac notes, the edges of each piece were crunched into gritty residue with no shards large enough to cut.
These are the sort of things you ponder while trying to stay awake on night duty, and cleaning up another broken glass.
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Yes, I once broke one I had in the bathroom, where there is a hard tile floor. Since then I've used a metal cup there. Any Livia or I have ever pushed/dropped in the kitchen (some kind of linoleum floor) or in the rest of the flat (hardwood floors) have sustained no damage whatsoever. (Sometimes I think Livia pushes things off deliberately).
Casimira, that is normal for those Duralex glasses. That's why I don't like them -- if they fall they shatter into a million small pieces.
Of course they do. It is tempered glass. As I wrote elsewhere tempered glass is made from glass that is reheated then abruptly cooled. The constraints in the glass from dilatation constriction cannot Express themselves and stay trapped. Basically the glass in the centre still wants to dilate whilst the exterior is already contracting. That makes the glass tougher but. But. When you apply a pressure on a weak spot it releases all the constrains and shatters. Which is the goal : to avoid shards. The caf made it fall in a week spot. I have read somewhere that bottles of beer should have / were to be tempered to avoid transforming them into weapons at football matches...