The Duralex Picardie glass is a French design icon. Its simple shape and small-ish stature makes it one of the most recognizable and best-selling pieces of tableware – the fact that it’s almost unbreakable helps too!
London-based design duo Loris & Livia (insert link: www.lorisetlivia.com) took on the challenge to change this design on the occasion of Bar Alto, an exhibition at the London Design Festival, in 2011. This year, their design as truly triumphed, with its 10,000th glass being shipped.
So what did Loris & Livia do that is so original? Well, almost nothing. They say “there’s absolutely no design in this product. It’s an idea and an experiment, rather than a design.”
They found a way to distort the design a bit – not destroy it – by reheating the glasses until their melting point so that they collapse a little. The glass’ walls sag due to gravity, and because no one reaction is identical, each glass is different from the other. What stays the same is that typical Duralex identity.
The glasses look unique yet familiar. They are iconic yet playful – and full of personality. Just like a Mandarina Duck item.