Even if you don’t know them by name, you’ve probably sipped water or wine from an iconic Picardie glass tumbler by French company Duralex. A common sight in French cafés and school cafeterias, and exported worldwide, the inexpensive glasses are beloved by servers, lunch ladies, and ham-fisted drinkers everywhere for their virtually unbreakable tempered glass that when dropped is more likely to bounce than break.
To celebrate 70 years in business, Duralex and Paris-based 5.5 Designstudio have collaborated on a fun birthday gimmick that reimagines 70 new uses for the iconic tumbler. A series of 3-D–printed cobalt blue add-ons transform the Picardie, long considered a design classic for its simplicity, into a series of clever, practical, whimsical, playful, and surprising objects like pencil sharpeners, bird feeders, hourglasses, and piggy banks, to name a few.
“A Duralex is the very essence of what we believe about design,” the 5.5 designers write in a press release. “An integrated and timeless object—there’s nothing gratuitous or artificial about its conception. Functionality is everything. And that’s what makes it beautiful.”