Duralex Picardie glasses are one of those adored design classics. Newyorkette says: "The Duralex tumbler is as magical as a mundane object can get." A web designer, Patrick Taylor, has a separate page devoted to them on his website (and he sells the glasses here). First made by Duralex almost 80 years ago, Picardie glasses are classic French bistro glasses. They were also used in the dining halls of British schools for many years. They're simple, durable, versatile. They're stackable, comfortable to hold, and the perfect weight. And, amazingly, they're inexpensive.
We bought our vintage glasses at the Alameda Flea last year, but you can get the modern versions at Williams-Sonoma or Crate & Barrel.
A few days ago we ate at a new little French bistro in our neighborhood. It seemed perfect that our French cider was served in a Picardie glass.